Candela’s C-8 foiling electric powerboat wins German Design Award

Candela Technology’s Candela C-8 foiling electric powerboat has won a 2024 German Design Award in the Excellent Product Design category.

"We’re honored to see our efforts to redefine the boating experience being recognized by the German Design Council. The C-8 is a testament to functional design, its minimalist aesthetics stemming from the need for lightness and aerodynamics," said Niklas Nordin, Head of Products at Candela.

The sleek hull of the Candela C-8, often interpreted as 'minimalistic Nordic design,' primarily aims for efficiency. The hydrofoils reduce water friction by allowing the craft to fly above the waves, while the hull’s sleek, rounded bow and tapered stern minimize air resistance. Advanced computer modeling has been extensively used to simulate drag, with details such as flush fold-down cleats and a carefully angled windscreen enhancing both aesthetics and aerodynamic efficiency.

"The C-8’s efficiency is the key to making a truly sustainable boat. Just like gliders with their smooth, graceful lines, it is designed to be as 'slippery' as possible," explained Nordin.

This design, combined with the hydrofoil system, a lightweight carbon fiber composite build, and an energy-dense Polestar battery, makes the Candela C-8 the most energy-efficient powerboat with the longest electric range. By flying above the water, the Candela C-8 uses 80% less energy than a conventional powerboat, resulting in a long range on battery power. With a top speed of 27 knots and the ability to cover over 50 nautical miles at 22 knots, the C-8 is the first electric boat to rival fossil fuel competitors in terms of performance.

Candela recently delivered its 40th produced Candela C-8 from its factory in Stockholm, Sweden.

"We believe this functional design will stand the test of time. There are no gimmicks in this boat; every detail serves a purpose," added Nordin.