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Quiet, fast and no wake: Swedish Electric hydrofoil ferry
Posted by: steve...
Date: November 17, 2023 03:57PM


Swedish foiling e-boat maker Candela has announced the maiden flight of its P-12 passenger ferry, with its dual electric drives and tri-wing setup lifting the vessel above the water to reach a top speed of 30 knots. Series production has now begun, marking "the start of a new, sustainable era in water transport."

"Today, in many cities, roads are congested while the waterways – mankind’s oldest infrastructure – is unused for fast commuting," said company founder Gustav Hasselskog. "The P-12 offers a path to use these waterways as green highways, offering fast intra-city connections. The quickest way is often over water."

The electric hydrofoiling passenger ferry has been designed for single-person operation and is powered by two C-Pod electric drive units. The Zero model P-12 pre-production prototype managed to reach its maximum speed of 30 knots (34 mph) within 16 seconds after making its take-off speed of 16 knots.


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Re: Quiet, fast and no wake: Swedish Electric hydrofoil ferry
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 17, 2023 04:09PM
.....curses.....foiled.....again.....!!



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Re: Quiet, fast and no wake: Swedish Electric hydrofoil ferry
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 17, 2023 05:09PM
Not enough range.



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Re: Quiet, fast and no wake: Swedish Electric hydrofoil ferry
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: November 17, 2023 05:46PM
A 12 passenger "ferry" is not very capacious; only equivalent to a stretch van. Are there very many 12-passenger diesel "ferries" in operation now?
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Re: Quiet, fast and no wake: Swedish Electric hydrofoil ferry
Posted by: steve...
Date: November 17, 2023 06:44PM
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DeusxMac
A 12 passenger "ferry" is not very capacious; only equivalent to a stretch van. Are there very many 12-passenger diesel "ferries" in operation now?

I think the article is a little misleading. The ferry is called the P-12 and it's a passenger ferry.

Later in the article:

The P-12 measures 11.99 m (39.3 ft) in length – hence its name – and has a 4.5-m (14.7-ft) beam. The Shuttle offers capacity for 30 seated passengers, who board the vessel via an extendable, automatic bow ramp that can be adjusted to different quay heights. There's room for bicycles, strollers, wheelchairs and more on board too.

If I'm not mistaken, the Scandinavian countries have a lots of small islands that people live on.





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Re: Quiet, fast and no wake: Swedish Electric hydrofoil ferry
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 17, 2023 07:33PM
Living in an area with killer whales nearby, I wonder if: is this quiet enough that it would be a danger, or if they can still hear it to avoid it and the reduced noise would greatly benefit them.

This in combination with decently fast e-bikes sounds like a great solution to needing car ferries.



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Re: Quiet, fast and no wake: Swedish Electric hydrofoil ferry
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: November 17, 2023 07:47PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
Living in an area with killer whales nearby, I wonder if: is this quiet enough that it would be a danger, or if they can still hear it to avoid it and the reduced noise would greatly benefit them.

Great point....I suspect the later.
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Re: Quiet, fast and no wake: Swedish Electric hydrofoil ferry
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 18, 2023 02:39AM
Whales have been hit and injured by ships at sea for some years.

Hard to think that there might not also be a collision with a boat that's quieter than vessels that have struck whales.

My question is what's likely to happen if a foil strikes a whale it terms of danger to the people aboard.






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Re: Quiet, fast and no wake: Swedish Electric hydrofoil ferry
Posted by: PeterW
Date: November 18, 2023 06:47PM
An e-bike in Swedish winter might require e-underwear.
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