Introducing the Candela P-12
The first flight of our P-12 pre-production vessel, named ‘Zero’, was a success, hitting a take-off speed of 16 knots and quickly reaching its designed top speed of 30 knots within 16 seconds. Guided by Gustav Hasselskog himself, this triumphant flight marks the start of a new, sustainable era in water transport.
Traditionally, electrifying waterways posed challenges due to limitations of regular vessel technology. Conventional fast boats consumed excessive energy, restricting their range due to battery constraints. However, our P-12 has not only claimed the title of the fastest electric ship to date but also stands as the first vessel capable of undertaking long-range, high-speed journeys—a breakthrough in sustainable water travel. Moreover, using it ensures significant profit boosts for operators.
What sets it apart is the innovation at its core—three carbon fiber wings beneath the hull reduce energy consumption by a staggering 80% compared to regular fast vessels. Once airborne, P-12’s digital Flight Control System adjusts the foils’ angles based on various sensors, ensuring a smoother voyage without the discomforts of sea-sickness-inducing motions common on regular ships.
We’ve begun serial production of the P-12 at our Stockholm factory to meet the increasing global demand. The second P-12 vessel, set to join Stockholm’s public transport system by 2024, will ferry citizens between the island suburb of Ekerö and the city center. This electric vessel for 30 passengers, with minimal wake production, has secured a speed exemption in the city, cutting commuting times from 55 minutes to just 25 minutes—beating the speed of competing subway and bus lines and doubling car commutes during rush hour.
The P-12 signifies a significant shift in transportation trends, especially in cities like Stockholm, where water traffic declined due to faster and cheaper terrestrial options. Gustav Hasselskog highlights this change, saying, “Today, in many cities, roads are congested while the waterways – mankind’s oldest infrastructure – is unused for fast commuting. The P-12 offers a path to use these waterways as green highways, offering fast intra city connections. The quickest way is often over water”.