Electric Propulsion At Its Finest

The patent-pending C-POD is described as a new frontier in propulsion technology. The firm claims that the boat motor is long-lasting and the most efficient one ever made. The C-POD contains two ultra-compact yet strong permanent magnet motors that allow boats to remain quiet as they soar through the water at a speed of 30 knots. Mechanical transmissions and the usual sounds heard from the boat gearbox will no longer disturb you. Thanks to the electric direct-drive it means absolute silence from the C-POD. Combining Candela’s low running cost hydrofoil craft with the C-POD motor gives them one of the most silent boats on the market that can sail at any speed.

Candela C-POD Is Built To Last Forever

Candela says that the C-POD has been built to “last a lifetime” without ever “needing service”. No filter charges, harmful chemicals, or annual winterization are required. Specifically, the company states that it can last 3000 hours before you even need to think about a service. With the C-POD the sealed electric motors are cooled by the flow of seawater so there is no need to change cooling or oil fluid. Candela CEO Gustav Hasselskog adds: “For the average leisure boat user, this means that just by using the motor, you can forget about the usual hassles of service and protection against the cold. C-Pods will last longer than you and probably your child.”

All of the C-POD’s motor components, such as the contra-rotating propellers that provide 80% propeller efficiency as opposed to the conventional 70%, are designed for low drag, unrivalled range and maximum efficiency. As the first custom-designed electric pod motor for high-speed boats, the C-POD motor provides a direct, all-electric drive to reduce friction and provide 23% more range than other top electric outboards. This enables a power density 4 times greater than other competing motors.

The C-POD Is Lightweight And Precise

Most batteries are notably quite heavy, therefore the company had to come up with a solution for this. To compensate for the weight of a battery and to allow the C-POD to work smoothly in tandem with Candela’s hydrofoil craft, the company chose to make the hull of the craft out of 100% carbon fiber. Using this to make the boat keeps it extremely light because of its weight to strength ratio, making it weigh remarkably less than a boat of a similar size with traditional propulsion systems.

As a leading competitor in the electric propulsion space, Candela has used their wealth of experience to engineer software and electronics to design a precise and performance-driven experience when taking sharp turns or boating in harsh sea conditions. The company has implemented a flight control system to estimate the boat’s velocity, acceleration, and position on all axes. Using a variety of more than ten sensors combines measurements to calculate and monitor the state of systems around the clock.

For further information on the Candela C-POD and its specifications, visit the Candela.

Written by: Emma Coady
Emma Coady is a freelance writer and marine journalist who creates content for many household names in the boating industry, including YachtWorld, Boat Trader and boats.com. She also writes for several boat builders as well as charter and rental companies and regularly contributes to Greenline Hybrid yachts, TJB Super Yachts and Superyachts Monaco. Emma is the founder of Cloud Copy and enjoys traveling around Europe, spending as much of her spare time as possible in or on the water.