Candela P12: World’s First Electric Flying Ship Aims to Transform Water Travel

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The electric flying passenger ship, Candela P12, completed testing in Sweden and is now gearing up for production. 

It is scheduled to be launched onto Stockholm’s public transportation system in 2024.

The 39-foot (12-meter) long Candela P-12, created by the Swedish tech company Candela Technology AB, can accommodate up to 30 passengers and runs on a 252 kilowatt-hour battery. A 2024 Tesla Model 3’s battery, in comparison, has a capacity of up to 75 kWh.

Its maximum speed is 30 knots (35 mph, or 56 km/h), but it is capable of flying at up to 25 knots (29 mph, or 46 km/h). Its range is up to 50 nautical miles (92.6 kilometers).

The boat “flies” because of hydrofoils, which are underwater lifting surfaces that function similarly to airfoils to assist airplanes in taking off. 

Hydrofoils raise a boat’s hull above the water’s surface. By lowering water resistance, hydrofoils allow boats to go faster while consuming less energy than traditional boats.

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Candela P12 Used Computer-guided Hydrofoils

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The electric flying passenger ship, Candela P12, completed testing in Sweden and is now gearing up for production.

According to the company’s statement, the P-12 utilizes computer-guided hydrofoils to lift its hull and consumes 80% less energy than traditional vessels while traveling at speeds of over 18 knots (21 mph, or 33 km/h).

Two specially designed engines with a combined peak power of 340 kilowatts power Candela’s flying vessel. 

The P-12’s digital flight control system can change the hydrofoils’ angle up to 100 times per second while in flight to accommodate wind, waves, and water currents. 

According to the statement released by the company, this system might lessen the likelihood that travelers will become seasick.

The P-12, which is powered by electricity, also seeks to be more environmentally friendly than traditional ships. 

Because of their high hull energy consumption, the majority of electric ships that have been built to date have a restricted range and slow speeds, which has kept adoption rates low. 

However, the P-12 can travel farther on battery power because it uses less power than traditional boats due to its hydrofoils, which reduce water friction.

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