Polestar to supply batteries to electric hydrofoil boat maker Candela
Premium EV maker Polestar has recently signed a multi-year agreement with hydrofoil electric boat company Candela for the supply of battery and charging systems. The agreement marks a unique direct battery technology collaborations between companies from the automotive and marine industries.
Polestar and Candela, both based in Sweden, claims to share common values of innovative design and commitments to sustainability. Utilizing computer-guided hydrofoils which lift the hull above water, Candela's electric boats claim to fly above the surface and use up to 80 percent less energy at high speeds compared to traditional motorboats.
Candela's crafts produce zero emissions and minimal noise, combining a light environmental footprint with better passenger comfort and a smoother cruising experience compared to traditional boats. By combining Polestar's batteries with Candela's pioneering electric hydrofoil technology, both companies aim to propel the growth of sustainable electric mobility in the region.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, said, "I am fascinated by way Candela's boats glide elegantly and efficient through, or better, over the water – amazing proof of the great aesthetics and experiences modern, sustainable technology can create. That Polestar will be part of future projects with Candela by supplying an essential part for the innovative propulsion of their boats, is awesome. As a battery supplier to Candela, we can help drive the transition to cleaner oceans and lakes, and electrify waterborne transport".
Gustav Hasselskog, CEO of Candela, commented on the development, "Polestar is a dream partner for us. While electrification of cars has come a long way in the last few years, the marine sector has fallen behind. Marrying our efficient hydrofoil technology to high-capacity batteries from Polestar means we can speed up the mass market adoption of electric boats together".
Both the companies have committed to exploring further opportunities for future collaboration in terms of battery technology and electric mobility in general.