Candela C–POD

A new frontier in
propulsion technology

The Candela C-POD is the most efficient and long-lasting boat motor ever made. Two ultra-compact yet strong permanent magnet motors under the water provide unrivaled range and efficiency. Enough thrust to make our boats fly at a speed of 30 knots, in absolute silence.

Electric direct-drive means no noise from gears, no oil changes and no maintenance. The patent-pending Candela C-POD will last a lifetime, without needing service.


Candela C-POD Details

The ultimate boat motor

We started with a blank sheet of paper and created the best marine motor, tailor-made to fit our ultra-efficient hydrofoil craft. From the electric motors down to the nuts and bolts, all components in Candela C-POD are designed for maximum efficiency and low drag.

Outstanding efficiency

Contra-rotating propellers provide 80% propeller efficiency, while conventional outboards reach 70%.

Candela C-POD is the first electric pod motor designed for high-speed boats. The direct, all-electric drive reduces friction to a minimum and provides 23% more range than the best electric outboards. Custom-designed electric motors enables a power density that is 4 times better than competitors.

Built to last forever

With Candela C-POD, you can forget annual winterization, filter changes and harmful chemicals.

Candela C-POD requires no maintenance and will last 3000 hours without service. No need to change oil or cooling fluid, as the sealed electric motors are cooled by the flow of seawater.

Combined with the low running costs of Candela’s hydrofoil craft, Candela C-POD makes for truly trouble-free boating.

Whisper quiet

By placing the motors under the water, we get rid of typical squeaking and whirring sounds from gearboxes and mechanical transmissions. Thanks to the Candela C-POD, Candela’s hydrofoil crafts are the most silent electric boats on the market. At any speed.


Innovation

Blowing established
truths out of the water

In 2014, a task group was assembled containing some of the leading experts within structural composite engineering, fighter jet flight control electronics, America’s Cup hydrodynamics, dynamic modeling and drone control systems. The venture was to find ways to make electric boats that would offer the elusive combination of both range and speed. Solving this crux would radically change the boundaries of electric boats.

After 10,000+ hours of simulations, design iterations and sea trials, a solution was found which is robust, fast and extremely efficient.

At the end of 2016, a full-scale prototype was launched, fulfilling the target of more than 50 nautical miles per charge at a speed of 22 knots.

Actively stabilized hydrofoils allow our electric boats to leave no trace; no pollution, no noise, no wake.
We create & develop the technology we use in our boats, from scratch. Software included.

Proprietary Tech

The innovation formula

The technological formula required to make a long-range and fast electric boat is all about efficiency. Reducing friction to a minimum, and multiplying the effectiveness of the propulsion system, while still being able to pilot it with precision. Here is the technology that enables Candela craft to fly above the waves.

C–FOIL System

The C-FOIL System fitted in Candela hydrofoil craft is made entirely from carbon composites and uses design principles from the aviation industry.

Hydrofoils remove 50% of the drag compared to a planing boat. This is the most important principle in our design. Hydrofoils can be designed in different ways with varying efficiencies and behavior. We opted for the most efficient and precise solution possible, which is fully submerged foils. Other types of foiling systems are less efficient and are therefore not suitable for electrification.

Similar to a traffic airplane: Candela’s craft use a large, straight main foil close to center of gravity and a smaller T-foil in the aft. The foils are retractable for trailing, storage and shallow water operation.

Ultra-light build

On a weight to strength ratio, carbon fiber beats glass fiber by a wide margin.

Batteries are heavy. In order to make up for this, we needed to make the hull extremely light, while still rigid and strong. The solution was making it with 100% carbon fiber, which allows the Candela hydrofoils to weigh significantly less than a similar boat of the same size.

Avionics

The intelligent onboard flight controllers continuously optimize the position of the hydrofoils in response to various sea patterns.

A flying boat with submerged foils needs active stabilization. That’s why we at Candela are industry-leading in combining electric propulsion with hydrofoiling.

The software and electronics are engineered to allow us to design a precise and performance-driven experience in rough sea and sharp turns. The flight control system uses a variety of sensors to estimate the position, velocity, and acceleration of the boat on all axis. Further, it combines measurement from more than 10 sensors, to estimate the true state of the system at all times.

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