The vessel belonging to the catamarans will develop a speed of up to 60 km / h, according to the manufacturer it is the fastest electric boat for transporting people. The novelty is 12 meters long, offers space for 30 seated passengers. Below the surface are submersible wings and electric motors with an output of 88 kW (120 hp). The battery has a capacity of 180 kWh, the official range is 111 km. Among other things, the hydrofoil system minimizes the risk of seasickness and has given the ship an exemption for the pace of navigation within Stockholm. The vessel will be in trial operation next year. Stockholm-based Candela, a company developing “flying” electric boats, has unveiled another commercial product following the recent presentation of the C-8 water taxi. It is marked P-12 and is basically a floating bus designed for urban and suburban transport. The Electrek portal noticed its presentation on the manufacturer’s website. The main role of the hydrofoil system In terms of construction, Candela P-12 belongs to the catamarans, so it has two separate hulls. The vessel measures approximately 12 meters in length. Almost its entire floor plan is filled with a richly glazed cabin that can accommodate 30 seated passengers. There is no lack of space for bicycles, wheelchairs or luggage. photo gallery The concept of the ship’s interior corresponds to the purpose for public transport. Source: Candela As with all Swedish company products, the submersible wings extend from the bottom in this case as well. When moving, the entire double hull is completely above the surface. The mechanism known as hydrofoil also includes compact C-Pod electric motors, which have an output of 88 kW (120 hp) and drive counter-rotating screws. Thanks to this solution, the compact vessel has a much lower hydrodynamic resistance than conventional ships, in the past the Swedes spoke of a reduction of up to 80%. In addition, the Candela P-12 excels in speed and drive efficiency. The maximum speed exceeds 32 knots, which is 60 km / h. According to the manufacturer, this is the fastest electric boat designed to transport people. More efficient than road buses, Candela states that at a normal cruising speed of 25 knots (46.30 km / h), the vessel consumes 5 kWh per nautical mile (1.85 km). According to official data, a battery with a capacity of 180 kWh gives it a maximum range of 60 nautical miles (111 km). It charges with direct current with unspecified power, but a full charge should take less than an hour. photo gallery Due to its capacity, the Candela P-12 has high efficiency. Source: Candela The Swedish company compared its new product in terms of kilometers traveled per kilowatt hour and one passenger. In this comparison, the Candela P-12 outperforms virtually all common means of transport, including road buses running on diesel or biogas. The main advantage of the technologies used is that the catamaran leaves a minimal furrow behind. As a result, he received an exemption within Stockholm. In the coastal areas of the city can sail faster than conventional ships, for which a maximum speed of 12 knots (22.22 km / h) applies. photo gallery There is no speed limit for this “flying” vessel in Stockholm. Source: Candela The water bus reportedly offers faster transfers than cars and the metro. On its website, Candela compares the time needed to move from the center of Stockholm to the outskirts of the village of Ekerö, located on the outskirts of the metropolis. While it takes 50 minutes by car during rush hour, it should only take 25 minutes on board the P-12. It is to replace diesel ferries in particular It is on this route that Candela P-12 is to start operating next year as part of a test program scheduled for 9 months. The domestic company wants to replace not only road buses, but also part of car transport with a fleet of vessels. However, the P-12 is primarily intended to replace large diesel ferries. Within Stockholm, ships operate capable of carrying an average of 300 passengers, but reach a capacity of only 17%. Substantially smaller vessels would make it possible to increase the frequency within a single line. In addition, they will speed up transport and significantly cover the emission footprint. photo gallery Candela P-12 wants to change the form of shipping in the Swedish capital. Source: Candela A significant advantage of the hydrofoil system is also high-quality damping of the influence of waves on the ship’s movements. The computer adjusts the position of the submersible wings 100 times per second. As a result, the chances of developing a seasickness are minimal, which may be another argument for getting into this means of transport.
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