Candela, the Swedish electric boat manufacturer, has officially commenced series production of its P-12 water taxi in Stockholm. The all-electric hydrofoil is available in three distinct versions: Shuttle, Business, and Voyager, marking a significant step towards sustainable water transport.
The P-12 Shuttle, initially unveiled last year, accommodates up to 30 passengers and is priced at 1.7 million euros. According to Candela, this cost aligns with that of a similarly-sized vessel equipped with a combustion engine.
Designed for 12 to 20 passengers, the Business version boasts a high-quality interior, while the Voyager version offers customization options for both private and commercial customers, allowing them to tailor the interior design according to their preferences. Candela has not disclosed pricing details for the Business and Voyager variants.
Equipped with two electric motors providing 88 kW of power, the P-12 features a 252 kWh battery that can be charged with up to 200 kW. Candela asserts a range of approximately 50 nautical miles (93 km) at a top speed of 30 knots, equivalent to about 55 kph.
Erik Eklund, Candela's Director for Commercial Vessels, highlights the company's commitment to offering not only a faster and more comfortable electric alternative but also a cost-effective and profitable solution for operators, contributing to cleaner oceans and lakes.
The P-12 underwent successful testing in Stockholm last year, significantly reducing travel time between the city center and the suburb of Ekerö from 55 to 25 minutes. This efficiency is expected to attract commuters, offering a shorter journey time compared to conventional modes of transportation such as cars or the metro. The vessel, exempt from speed limits, is set to be officially integrated into Stockholm's public transport network starting in 2024.