Candela C8 Polestar edition merges iconic design with electric ocean performance

Polestar and Candela have revealed the latest phase in their technology partnership – the Candela C8 Polestar edition, which combines Polestar’s Scandinavian take on luxury EV design with Candela’s innovative electric hydrofoil boat design.

May 25, 2023

The arrival of the Candela C8 Polestar edition unites the two companies’ efforts to accelerate the shift to more sustainable electric mobility. Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar, says Candela’s hydrofoil technology is a paradigm shift for sustainable performance in the
marine industry.

The Candela C8 Polestar edition brings Polestar’s expression of Scandinavian luxury to the marine industry. The two Swedish premium mobility brands previously reached an agreement for Polestar to supply batteries and charging technology to power Candela’s electric hydrofoil boats.

"Like the first time driving an electric car, you instantly feel that this is the future when the boat ‘takes off’ – and now with the special gold details that we so proudly exhibit on our cars,” says Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.

A new solid grey exterior colour complimented by a lighter grey tone for interior areas gives the boat a sleek and uniform look which is strengthened by the use of the same marine-certified textile everywhere, from seats, cushions and sunbeds to wall and roof panels.

Design upgrades also bring expertise from the automotive industry with a specially designed seat upholstery that offers outstanding comfort and enhances the experience of a smooth and silent ride in an electric hydrofoil boat. To emphasise the innovative technology and performance from Candela, the hydrofoils are painted in the iconic Swedish gold colour that characterises the performance details of Polestar’s cars.

“Aesthetic excellence is an intrinsic value, but it can also serve as a powerful driving force towards a sustainable future. At Candela, our primary focus is to create vessels that are more compelling in every respect. I am therefore very happy about the C8 Polestar edition and our collaboration with the brilliant team at Polestar,” says Gustav Hasselskog, CEO & founder Candela.

Starting from 2023, all Candela C8 boats are powered by the 69kWh battery and charging hardware from the standard range Polestar 2 to realise a range of up to 57 nautical miles on one charge at a cruising speed of 22 knots. This compares favourably with traditional powerboats and comes with a highspeed range 23 times longer than conventional electric speedboats.

The Candela C8 uses an efficient 75 kW electric direct drive pod motor– the Candela CPOD – and ‘flies’ on computer-guided hydrofoils that lift the hull above the water at high speeds, reducing energy consumption by up to 80% compared to traditional motorboats. When foiling, the ride is silent and smooth, without damaging wakes, thanks to Candela’s computer-stabilised foil technology.

The Candela C8 Polestar edition is available online in the Polestar Additionals webshop or at and is sold and delivered by Candela. Production takes place at Candela’s factory in Stockholm, Sweden, and deliveries are expected from June 2024.