Candela P-8 Voyager, the first flying water taxi with electric motor presented in Venice

Designed to replace the traditional ones water taxis e le jet ski commercial for passengers, Candela P-8 Voyager debuted at Venice Boat Show. Designed by the Swedish manufacturer Candela, this electric water taxi is based on the same assumptions as Candela C-8that is, on the company system hydrofoildesigned to make the boat travel out of the water and, in this way, save energy and contain maintenance costs.

The secret of these means concerns the engine C-Pod (the operation of which we have explained here), which the company’s more than 50 engineers have designed based on the experience accumulated in the drone, aerospace and software industries. A pair of submerged units provide 50 kW of power and directly drive the counter-rotating propellers without the need for any intermediate transmission. This results in the absence of oil or coolant, as well as the absence of noise during engine operation.

Candela P-8 Voyager

The onboard controller automatically acts on the angle of attack of the foil when the boat reaches 16 knots, allowing the vehicle to take off and fly over the waves. This controller relies on one series of sensors to determine the height of the waves and ensure a smooth ride even in adverse conditions. A high ride height and the ability to make 100 adjustments per second in terms of roll, pitch and height allow Candela’s water vehicles to proceed quickly without consuming much.

Candela P-8 Voyager

The system designed by Candela also goes very well with those areas where the multiplication of boat trails is not appropriate, just like Venice. According to Candela, the trail left by its hydrofoils is no bigger than that of Venice’s gondolas. The Candela P-8 Voyager sails at 20 knots and reaches a maximum speed of 30 knots.

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