Swedish performance brand Polestar is expanding efforts to supply sustainable, electric mobility beyond the auto industry.
Polestar has signed a multi-year contract to supply battery and charging systems to plug-in boat company, Candela, makers of the Voyager and C8 electric hydrofoils. The agreement is one of the world’s first direct battery technology collaborations between car and boat companies.
“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,” explains Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “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.”
Candela seems to have a bright future, as more and more lakes and rivers enact limitations (if not outright bans) on internal combustion watercraft. Considering Candela’s hydrofoils produce zero emissions, low noise, and minimal wakes, they leave a very light environmental footprint already. Combining that light footprint with Polestar’s dedication to ethically-sourced components and materials will help both companies in their aims to advance the growth of sustainable, electric mobility.
For their part, Candela executives seems to be just as excited as Polestar’s. “Polestar is a dream partner for us,” said Gustav Hasselskog, CEO of Candela. “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.”
You can watch this video of the Candela C8’s maiden run, below, then let us know what you think of this Swedish EV tie-up in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Candela C-8 Maiden Flight
SOURCE | IMAGES: POLESTAR.