the swedish manufacturer Candle presented the details of the last job: o P-12. an aquatic hydrofoil 100% electric with high efficiency, which, combined with the absence of emissions, make it an excellent alternative for waterway transport - yes, a service of taxi on the river.

The vehicle can navigate at 30 knots (55 km/h) and has a range of more than 2 hours at 20 knots (37 km/h) speed. The boat also has fast loading, capable of recharge the battery in just an hour. So, theoretically, the P-12 could run repeatedly for more than two hours on and one hour off, or “a fleet that could run non-stop,” according to the company.

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A water and electric taxi 90% cheaper than diesel models? Meet the Candela P-12. Image: Disclosure
A water and electric taxi 90% cheaper than diesel models? Meet the Candela P-12. Image: Disclosure

Designed to replace traditional diesel-powered ferries, the Candela P-12 utilizes a battery-powered electric propulsion system with a carbon fiber hull and hydrofoils, aiming to be a light yet robust vehicle. The water taxi has a body of 8,5 meters and can accommodate up to 12 passengers in the crew.

The P-12 also uses the same hydrofoil system already used on the Candela C-7, another luxury electric boat from the company, but aimed at leisure. The technology allows, among other things, to reduce energy consumption, noise and even offer a more comfortable experience to the occupants during the tour. Also, having less surface in contact with water, the vehicle produces fewer tracks, which opens the doors for a faster, safer and discreet trip in restricted areas - that is, in places where the boat can be damaged or the vessel can harm marine wildlife.

The company also guarantees that the water taxi has a cheaper operating cost. According to the manufacturer, the P12 consumes 80% less energy than a model with similar characteristics powered by diesel. In other words, Candela estimates that, with the lowest maintenance cost, the reduction compared to a conventional vehicle could reach 90%.

“Even in markets where fossil fuels are subsidized, the P-12 will be considerably cheaper to operate than comparable combustion engine ships. With a gasoline price of €0,6 per liter, the P-12 will in fact be around 85% cheaper, on average, to drive,” the company explains in the official website.

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The P-12 is expected to be available for delivery by the end of 2022. If you can't wait that long, you can still get the C-7 from Candela for just US$200 (approximately R$1 MILLION).

Source: ELECTrek

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