How do you show the speed of the world’s fastest electric boat? Race against the Tesla Model 3, of course. This is the stunt, a next-gen hydrophil with a top speed of 30-knot, the makers of Candela Seven, which recently ran for the German TV show Auto mobil.
“The Candela Seven is the first electric boat to match fossil fuel competitors when it comes to range and speed,” public relations manager Mikel Mahlberg told . “In all other areas, such as peeping in bumpy waves, driving costs and maintenance burden, we are much better. It is a game-changer for maritime transport only. “
The race took place between Cologne and Düsseldorf, two cities connected by the Rhine River. In the end, the competition between the two vehicles ceased impressively – although Tesla did manage to win. You can watch it by going to the VOX TV homepage (jump to the third part if you only want to watch the Tesla vs Candela race, although knowing it is the German language.)
To be clear, this was not entirely a comparison of apples to apples. A Tesla Model 3 has a top speed of 155 mph, making it 4 times the speed of the Candela intake. But like those YouTube videos that show parkway practitioners driving subway trains, it’s more about who can travel more quickly over a certain distance. It was also to show that the electric high-speed ferry could be a viable option for traveling on the world-famous Autoban, which has to contend with traffic.
“Since our boat makes no wake, you can also go faster in the no-wake zone,” Mahlberg continued. “On the Rhine, we could basically go from city center to city center at full speed. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range is the most efficient electric car in the world, so we thought it would be a great match for the world’s most efficient motor boat. “
The Candela Seven is an impressive creation
Racing gimmick aside, however, Candela Seven is an impressive creation. The use of hydrophils at the bottom of the hull helps to form seven skirts above the surface of the water. This reduces friction by up to 80%, and gives a range of 92 km (57 mi), which is about three times the range of conventional electric boats.
The Candela Seven is in serial production. It can seat up to five people, and costs about $ 240,000. “We have built 16 boats so far, half of which are in Sweden and the rest are mostly in Silicon Valley” Mahlberg said. “This software has actually become part of an ‘it-boat’ among entrepreneurs.”
Considering that audience, showing their seriousness against the Tesla Model 3, it probably makes complete sense!