Candela makes electric speedboats that can ‘fly’ above the water – and soon you’ll be able to try them out in New York

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

  • A Swedish company says it has made the world’s only all-electric, long-range speedboats.
  • The carbon fiber Candela C-7 mimics airplanes to fly above the water, according to the company.
  • The first batch arrived in New York Wednesday – and you’ll be able to test them out soon.
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Candela said it was inspired by fighter jets and drones when it designed the C-7.

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

It uses hydrofoils, combined with computers and sensors, to lift it over the surface of the water so that it almost looks like it’s flying.

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

This reduces water friction by 80%, and Candela says this makes it “completely silent” as it glides over the water.

 

It’s powered by a 40Kw battery, and Candela says the cost of operating a C-7 is 95% lower than driving a conventional fossil fuel boat.

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

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The 25-foot boat can fit six passengers …

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

… and reaches speeds of up to 30 knots.

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

Candela says the boat can travel for 50 nautical miles at its cruising speed of 22 knots, which it says is about three times longer than the best electric boats on the market.

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

The first batch of C-7s for the US east coast market arrived in New York on Wednesday …

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

… and people will be able to book test drives soon.

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

Prices are available upon request, and European customers can get their boat two or three months after ordering.

The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.
The Candela C-7 electric speedboat.

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This $329,000 silent electric boat that was inspired by electric eels just debuted in the US

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Eelex 8000.

  • X Shore sells fully electric, silent boats.
  • The two newest models, the Eelex 8000 and the Eelord 6000 were shown in January, and the Eelex 8000 is available in the US today.
  • The more expensive boat costs over $300,000.
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X Shore’s boats don’t necessarily look like eels, but the company says they were inspired by electric South American fish. The $329,000 Eelex 8000 is available in the US beginning March 25.

X Shore started taking orders for electric boats in 2018, and now has two models for sale, the Eelex 8000 and the Eelord 6000. They’re manufactured in Sweden, but can be transported globally. The larger Eelex 6500 and Eeltrek 8000 are also in the works, though not yet for sale.

Electric boats are quieter, and create less emissions than boats powered by fossil fuels. They’re also cheaper, according to X Shore, which says the cost of refueling an electric boat can be as low as one-tenth the cost for fossil fuels. At over $300,000 for the larger boat, X Shore boats seem to be going for the luxury crowd, but they’re smaller crafts than other electric yachts on the market.

See the Eelex 8000 here.

The Eelex 8000 is the most expensive boat currently sold by X Shore, at about $329,000.

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Eelex 8000.

Deck and hull colors are customizable, with three options: moss, sandy, and coffee.

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Eelex 8000.

It weighs about 5,700 pounds, with a width of 8 feet and a length of 26 feet.

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Eelex 8000.

It fully charges in eight hours, or in only one hour on supercharging mode.

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Eelex 8000.

Cruising speed is 24 knots, but it can reach up to 40 knots.

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Eelex 8000.

It has a range of up to 100 nautical miles, depending on travel speed.

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Eelex 8000.

X Shore calls its engine design a “clean and efficient powerhouse.”

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Eelex 8000.

Along with the wheel, controls are on a 24 inch waterproof and glare-proof touch screen.

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Eelex 8000.

The boat is powered by lithium ion batteries, which power the single shaft propulsion system.

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Eelex 8000.

Electric power is quieter than fossil fuel powered-boats, and X Shore emphasizes that its boats are silent.

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Eelex 8000.

Quieter craft mean boaters can explore the water without as much harm to the natural environment, or scaring wildlife away.

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Eelex 8000.

Or, as X Shore puts it, “You have become One with Nature.”

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Eelex 8000.

Electric power also means fewer fossil fuel emissions, which can contribute to climate change.

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Eelex 8000.

X Shore credits this care for the natural world with its Swedish heritage, “where people and the sea have lived in harmony for centuries.”

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Eelex 8000.

The minimalist Scandinavian design was inspired by the South American Electric Eel.

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Eelex 8000.

“We modeled our boats after the eel’s robust head and its sleek, streamlined body” X Shore said.

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Electric eel.

The eel ornament on the boat nods to that inspiration, and also acts as a handle for passengers.

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Eelex 8000.

Of course, the eel’s electric abilities also partially inspired the design.

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Eelex 8000.

The Eelex 8000 has a sunroof and roofrack.

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Eelex 8000.

It has two rows of seating, enough for four passengers.

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Eelex 8000.

X Shore offers test drives for interested buyers.

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Eelex 8000.

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