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An ocean of ideas: This is particularly true of automotive engineering when it comes to developing a new model, a new platform or the new direction of the brand, as with the Neue Klasse from BMW. The goal? To think outside the box, but with a firm trajectory in mind. For example, the BMW i7 (➜ Read more: The BMW i7 – a new perspective ) recently reinterpreted the notion of luxury: sustainably innovative.

But what if you could transfer this luxurious, yet emission-free form of transport from the road to a new element – let’s say, to the water as we mentioned at the beginning? BMW, together with world-leading experts and boat builder TYDE, has dared to do just that with THE ICON. And besides batteries, it has contributed its technical expertise for the construction of a completely new watercraft.

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Just as the tides are created by the interaction of the earth and the moon, the interplay of two factors was crucial in this shared vision: a focus on innovation and the joy of sustainable mobility.

Because, as Peter Dengler, head of THE ICON project, points out, this can be made possible in all segments. “Mobility on water is nearly ten times more energy-intensive than mobility on land. In the meantime, however, professional sailing has come up with solutions for substantially saving energy, paving the way for climate-friendly solutions. The decarbonization of mobility is already taking place in some areas. In other areas, however, there has not yet been innovation, so decarbonization has not even begun. There is currently no equivalent of luxury electric vehicles like the BMW i7 M70 offered on the water.”

He saw an extraordinary fascination in that visionary triad of sustainability, luxury and conscious pleasure: “Our team was particularly driven by the idea of creating the magical combination of innovation, digitalization and the relationship between people and technology, but most importantly, an incomparable zero-emission experience for the water.” What does the new mobility on the water look like? “The same characteristics found in BMW luxury vehicles like the BMW i7 M70 will be key in this element too: maximum sustainability combined with design, innovation and a unique driving experience.”

from sailing

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The team broke free from the shackles of established development and design conventions right from the start. They deliberately set out not to design a boat, but rather create their own experience on the water. BMW has had trailblazing experience and long-standing involvement in sailing sports such as the premier class America’s Cup, the Formula 1 equivalent of boat racing.

A team of engineers built the first bridge between nautical technology and the most advanced electric mobility. Leading experts from all over the world were brought on board for this – including Guillaume Verdier, the world’s leading designer of the fastest and most efficient sailboats and responsible for the hull and hydrofoil of the last winning boat in the America’s Cup.

and the technical milestones

TYDE , a new, progressive lifestyle tech company and provider of experiences for luxury mobility at sea, was also at the rudder of this intelligent transfer of technology and expertise in the development of THE ICON. Dr. Christoph Ballin, the longstanding CEO of electric mobility pioneer Torqeedo, was instrumental in making electric mobility on the water fit for everyday use. Tobias Hoffritz is already a long-standing partner of BMW for technology and innovation projects with his company Second Sphere.

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Developing the first maritime luxury electric vehicle has been an exciting journey for both: “THE ICON has a wealth of groundbreaking innovations on board that are suitable for anchoring climate-friendly mobility in the high-end segment as well. The yacht is available as a series product, and the technology platform developed means the model range can easily be expanded.”

delivers up to 80-percent energy saving

THE ICON

Foiling, a technology that delivers up to 80-percent energy saving, is a pioneering technical development that supports the sustainability goals of the new watercraft. This means BMW i batteries (➜ Read more: the material cycle of a battery cell ) can be used as a power source. How does that work? Foils consist of a stabilizing fin and two wings. They act like underwater wings that allow the watercraft to literally hover over the water – enabling THE ICON to be electrified by the power of BMW batteries alone.

The upper-side curvature creates a negative pressure, generating buoyancy. Water resistance on the hull is no longer a factor. The craft is lifted out of the water, reducing the resistance to a minimum – the watercraft literally hovers over the water. Two propellers on the rear foil provide propulsion for THE ICON. It takes between 10 and 12 seconds from startup to hovering. Flying about one meter above the water, feeling no wave impact at all feels exactly the same as comfortably gliding in the rear of the BMW i7 (➜ Read more: Theater screen in the BMW i7 ) on the road.

between people and technology

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Dengler and Hoffritz found the interface was much more advanced in cars than on yachts. As a result, all maritime controls and navigation displays were bundled into a single control interface. “The intuitive, integrated user interface, based on the BMW ID8 operating system and a touch-sensitive display, delivers an automotive standard in boating,” explains Dengler. This ensures that operation is intuitive and integrative and can also be controlled interactively via voice commands.

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For all the senses.

Because the interpretation of modern luxury embraces all the senses, the technical innovations in the development and design of this new mobility concept, both below and above water, go hand in hand with a design that impressively combines esthetics and function. Designworks (➜ Read more: 50 years of Designworks ), the BMW innovation studio, has already served as a creative partner on land in the design of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 and in the air with the electric wingsuit (➜ Read more: The making of the wingsuit with e-motor ).

Water was yet another element to provide an exciting challenge for the Designworks team led by Tom Allemeier and Tommy Forsgren. The BMW Group subsidiary has earned a reputation over 50 years for designing mobility concepts for tomorrow – from road to rail and water to air.

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When designing THE ICON, the design team was not looking to design a boat, but a new experience on the water. “We have developed a new design approach for a watercraft that is not exposed to waves but flies over the water with the help of foils,” said Tom Allemeier, Director of Design at Designworks. “So instead of the conventional side of the ship, a ceiling-high panorama window forms the outer facade. The result for passengers inside is a whole new experience with an unobstructed view – a luxurious ‘Infinite Space View’. This makes the view across the deck seem endless, merging with the water and the horizon,” says Allemeier.  The architecture is supported by what is known as a center spline, an iconic strut that extends centrally from the stern over the roof to the bow. With so much technological innovation, the design process was also unorthodox.

There was a lot of digital technology involved. We were able to use VR glasses to experience the space and see how the perspectives worked before the built model was ready.

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The expressive design language on the exterior is also reflected in the interior. The materials used evoke the feel of an elegant salon, the design language of a modern luxury lounge. Each passenger takes a seat in their own swiveling chair, including their own infotainment interface. A high-end DOLBY ATMOS audio system is on board. The interior space is promoted into a living space.

for the future

THE ICON

Where else can this technology transfer lead? Dengler and Ballin are upbeat about the development of future maritime mobility: “Solutions developed as part of THE ICON project will be used for various vehicles and applications to follow in the wake of THE ICON: from advanced private luxury to premium commercial and public mobility. THE ICON and its successors will inspire zero-emission luxury mobility at sea and open a new segment for sustainable luxury yachts.”

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BMW ‘The Icon’ is the world’s first all-glass flying yacht

  • BMW has teamed up with Tyde to build an electric boat called ‘The Icon’ – the world’s first all-glass flying yacht
  • It features two 100kW electric motors powered by six BMW i3 batteries
  • The emissions-free Icon can cover 50 nautical miles, using a hydrofoil-style set up to glide smoothly at up to 30 knots

Published on Dec 22, 2023 at 7:08PM (UTC+4)

  • by Adam Gray

Last updated on Dec 28, 2023 at 4:01PM (UTC+4)

It’s probably not the news you were expecting to hear, but BMW has launched the world’s first all-glass flying yacht.

Built in collaboration with yacht manufacturer, Tyde , it’s a hydrofoil boat that looks like a supercar flying above the water.

Interesting fact: it’s called ‘The Icon’ as it’s actually powered by the same batteries you’d find under the hood of a BMW i3 – six of them to be precise.

READ MORE: Step into the future with this captivating 342ft Star Wars-inspired superyacht

The Icon is a hydrofoil, which means it can lift itself from the water as its speed increases.

Apparently ‘foiling’ – where the hull is above the surface, not below like conventional boats – reduces the energy required by up to 80 per cent.

BMW 'The Icon' is the world's first all-glass flying yacht

It’s powered by two 134-hp (100-kW) electric motors that, when combined with the six batteries, provide a total capacity of 240kWh, giving it a top speed of 30 knots – equivalent to around 55 km/h on land.

In terms of range, The Icon can cover 50 nautical miles (100 kilometers / 62 miles) on a charge.

Okay, they may not be record-breaking stats, but then again this boat isn’t designed for speed and power – it’s designed as a work of art and a toy for the mega rich.

BMW 'The Icon' is the world's first all-glass flying yacht

Design-wise, the inspiration came from Japanese origami.

It has a pointy ‘nose’ and a larger section at the back.

Speaking of which, the stern is characterized by two key features: a vertical structure that looks like a car spoiler, and a sizable aft deck.

Each section of the exterior is adorned with LED lights to make it shine at night, and the result is outstanding.

BMW 'The Icon' is the world's first all-glass flying yacht

The interior is gorgeous, just like the cabin of a supercar or a luxury sedan.

It follows the same color theme as the exterior, with ocean blue upholstery and gold-tone accents.

In the cabin, you’ll find six 360-degree rotating armchairs with individual tablets within arm’s reach, as well as plush sofas and soft suede carpeting.

In the middle of the deck, the command station has iDrive-style controls and voice control.

What’s more, you also get a 32-inch ‘infotainment’ touchscreen display with 6k resolution.

BMW 'The Icon' is the world's first all-glass flying yacht

But the best part about it is the noise aka the ‘on-board soundscape’.

A while ago, BMW partnered up with Oscar-winning score composer Hans Zimmer to create custom soundtracks for its cars.

The partnership extends to other BMW’s vehicles as well, including this boat.

As you sail along, the boat produces notes composed by Hans Zimmer himself.

Now that does sound good.

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BMW teams up with tech start-up to present 13.5m electric boat

Car giant BMW has teamed up with German tech start-up TYDE to present a new 13.5-metre foiling watercraft named The Icon. Built as a showcase boat, the first unit has been manufactured in Europe and is making its debut this week at the Cannes Film Festival.

The battery-powered model has an impressive range of over 50 nautical miles at 24 knots, with a maximum speed of 30 knots. Hydrofoils aim to improve efficiency by up to 80 per cent compared to a conventional hull and contribute to improved speeds and enhanced comfort while underway. 

The boat's design is characterised by a flat trimaran-style hull with "prism-like" layout and a central support for the superstructure. The sea-inspired two-tone exterior is enhanced by strips of LED lights, which carve out the boat's profile by night.

On the interior, the yacht has good head heights thanks to an "origami" style design which allows passengers to remain standing upright across the cabin. The cabin is separated into twin lounge areas and a BMW-designed helm station, which features rotating helm seats that allow the space to function either as part of the social area or independently. At the centre of the helm station is a 32-inch touch digital control unit with 6k resolution that has been designed to look and feel like the BMW iDrive operating system. Voice control is also integrated into the same system.

The cabin is flanked by glass panels which promote a continuous connection to the water. This ethos is extended to the swim platform on the aft, which spans 4.5-metres and creates an "exceptionally spacious" entrance to the cabin.

In a press release, TYDE explained that each individual furniture piece is made of grainy metal which reflects sunlight around the cabin like waves on the water. 

The Icon is also fitted with Dolby Atmos system which harnesses input from two-time Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer. 

The craft has been designed "as a series product with pioneering technology for private or even commercial use" intended "to inspire CO2 -free mobility at sea". It will be on display at Vieux Port for the duration of the Cannes Film Festival. 

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While we’re patiently waiting for BMW to introduce the Touring Coupe Concept on Friday and the new 5 Series / i5 next week, an entirely different type of product is making its debut at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. THE ICON is a joint effort between the Munich-based luxury automaker and boat manufacturer TYDE. The unexpected project traces its roots to an idea and concept conceived by BMW, with the styling penned by subsidiary Designworks.

At 13.15 meters (43.14 feet) long, THE ICON is imposing large, and yet it has zero emissions since it gets its necessary juice from no fewer than six batteries sourced from a BMW i3 . The large 240-kWh pack feeds a pair of electric motors, each producing 134 horsepower (100 kW). This dual-motor setup enables the posh boat to hit a top speed of 30 knots and provide an operating speed of 24 knots. With the battery fully charged, it can cover more than 50 nautical miles or 100 kilometers.

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Further bridging a connection with BMW’s road-going EVs is the interior with a tablet mimicking the experience provided by the eighth-generation iDrive found in current models. THE ICON boasts a 32-inch touchscreen with a 6K resolution, making it just about as large as the 31.3-inch, 8K Theatre Screen inside the new 7 Series / i7. As with the electric road cars, Hans Zimmer was asked to develop a bespoke soundtrack to replace the thrill provided by a conventional engine.

Using an electric powertrain for such a large yacht is not as common as you might think as this type of drivetrain is mainly used for smaller boats. BMW goes as far as to say THE ICON is more than just a concept or a design study, mentioning it’s a “fully production-ready example.” It gets everything from 360-degree rotating seats to a lounge area, thus making it ideal for deep-pocketed customers looking for a high-end watercraft.

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BMW has built a posh electric boat called 'The Icon'

Emission-free watercraft makes dramatic Cannes debut

Internal shot of Icon's lounge with glass panels, glass ceiling and lounge chairs looking to back of boat

In a cheeky attempt to upstage some of Hollywood’s finest, BMW has launched a new production-ready boat . In collaboration with boat maker Tyde, 'The Icon' has made its dramatic debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Featuring two 100kW electric motors powered by six BMW i3 batteries, the emissions-free Icon can cover 50 nautical miles (about 62 dry land-based ones). It uses a hydrofoil-style set up to glide smoothly at up to 30 knots.

Apparently ‘foiling’ – where the hull is above the surface, not below like conventional boats – reduces the energy required by up to 80 per cent. The Icon’s very flat hull enables a 4.5-metre wide area in the rear of the boat, creating a spacious lounge-like cabin.

So much like a lounge, it’s even got carpets, six 360-degree rotating chairs and individual tablets within arm’s reach. In the middle of the deck, the command station has iDrive style controls, voice control and a 32-inch touchscreen with 6k resolution. Perfect to watch the 2023 Cannes slate.

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Munich. BMW is presenting THE ICON, a craft offering emission-free mobility on water. Developed in collaboration with boat manufacturer TYDE, this watercraft exemplifies an ecosystem underpinned by a holistic way of thinking that re-defines emission-free mobility and incorporates travel on water alongside transportation on the road.

Urban conurbations, in particular, are in need of new and more sustainable solutions that make sense for the people who live there. Boat manufacturer TYDE is responsible for the development and realisation of THE ICON. The design of the innovative watercraft was created in the studio of BMW Group subsidiary Designworks.

This novel concept sees BMW utilising existing technologies and knowledge to create an integrated solution offering sustainable premium mobility in urban areas. The many years of experience of the BMW i brand in electric mobility combines with the expertise of boat manufacturer TYDE. With a future-focused design and locally emission-free drive system, THE ICON also showcases a progressive interpretation of luxury in the form of responsible pleasure.

THE ICON once again demonstrates how BMW keeps re-thinking mobility. This approach spans the relentless expansion of electric mobility and shrinking of environmental footprints throughout the value chain. And it also includes getting involved in the field of urban transport management. Through its myriad co-operations with cities, universities, companies and organisations, and in the areas of politics and society, the BMW Group is working on solutions that will re-imagine urban mobility in a more sustainable form. Its aim is to use innovations to help meet the mobility needs of people and at the same time safeguard quality of life in urban areas.

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The Icon will be purposefully geared toward the upper crust, as the team believes the luxury sector is key to the decarbonization of the marine industry. “The luxury market is an important point of reference for other yachting segments,” Tyde cofounder Christoph Ballin said in a statement. “In addition, complex and elaborate solutions can be applied here first, before electric mobility becomes mainstream with large volumes in the coming years.”

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It’s worth noting that this is not the first time BMW has dipped a toe in the marine industry. The nameplate established a marine division in 1919 after World War I to build engines for boats. BMW Marine was eventually sold to Mercury in 1987, but the automaker didn’t shut the door on boating completely. It launched a lifestyle brand called Yachtsport in the 2000s and became a sponsor of the America’s Cup. More recently, Designworks partnered with Sea Ray for a 26-foot sport boat. The SLX 260 , which was launched last year, showcased sexy, sportscar styling with a flowing S-shaped sheer line. Perhaps the Icon will feature a similar sleek silhouette?

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The Icon’s world premiere is scheduled for May 17. The yacht will be presented and demonstrated by BMW and Tyde at the Vieux Port throughout the duration of the festival until May 27.

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BMW Just Unveiled a New 49-Foot Electric Foiling Yacht That Glides Over the Water

BMW and Tyde may have just proved bigger equals better.

The German marque and boatmaker have teamed up to create a larger, more lavish successor to the electric foiling yacht they debuted at the 76th Cannes Film Festival in May. The new 49-foot Open has a good six feet on the previous 43-foot Icon . In fact, BMW claims the newcomer is the largest luxury foiling yacht for private owners.

"With the Icon , we have shown how elegant and luxurious sustainable mobility on the water can be," Christoph Ballin, cofounder and managing director of Tyde, said in a statement. "The continuation of the cooperation with BMW is now fueling the launch into another segment."

Once again penned by the folks at BMW's Designworks studio, Open is equipped with hydrofoils adapted from racing yachts that significantly reduce energy consumption. Indeed, the setup saves almost 80 percent of energy, according to the design team. Essentially, the foils allow the vessel to glide over the water with minimal drag, wake, and emissions.

As you might expect, the yacht features radical innovations developed by BMW for the automotive sector. The marque is again contributing components and expertise from the field of electromobility. The designers didn't give any figures regarding Open's speed or range, but Icon has a top speed of 30 knots, a cruising speed of 24 knots, and a range of more than 50 nautical miles on a single charge.

 "Our aim is to use pioneering design and intelligent technology transfer from the automotive sector to provide additional impetus for the BMW-typical joy of sustainable mobility," adds Stefan Ponikva, vice president of brand communication and brand experience for BMW. 

As its moniker implies, Open features a breezy open cockpit that connects guests with the sea. It offers "all the amenities of a luxury day yacht," according to the team. The futuristic exterior is balanced by a classic interior. Light streams in from both the top and sides, ensuring the salon is bright and airy. If you're wondering what it's like to ride on a high-speed foiling yacht, you can read about it  here .

Open is now available to order, with production set to start later this month. The first examples will be delivered in the fall of 2024.

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Story from Jam Press (Flying Boat Auction) Pictured: The 2023 Tyde yacht named ???The Icon???. Ultra-luxurious battery-powered FLYING boat up for auction ??? featuring soundtrack by Hans Zimmer An ultra-luxurious battery-powered FLYING boat that features a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is heading to auction. The 2023 Tyde yacht is aptly named ???The Icon??? for its luxurious travel qualities and unique ability to glide on the waves. It is the first battery-powered marine craft of its kind and will offer sea lovers the chance to tour the ocean in style. The boat has a max speed of 27 knots and has enough standing room for eight passengers. It is powered by two 100kW electric motors that convert the 240kWh of energy generated by six 40kWh batteries from the BMW i3 into nautical power, speed and range. One of the most amazing features of the boat is that it is almost silent when on the move, barely producing any waves or wakes. The soundtrack by Hanz Zimmer enhances the luxurious nature of the boat by being applied to the functionality and drive notes of the boat, as reported by??What???sTheJam. The boat will feature in the SBX Cars auction, which will be going live on 8 May. It is currently located in Dubai and is being sold by a private seller. ???Built by German start-up TYDE and penned by BMW???s Designworks, its stated mission is to 'disrupt the luxury leisure world' and be 'a radical change for good',??? the listing reads. ???The foiling electric yacht was launched in the full glare of the world???s media at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. ???Designed from the inside out, the idea is to redefine the concept of luxury living by giving passengers the space, light and views to enjoy the unique sensory experience of flying above the water in a near-silent foiling boat. ???The cabin is flanked by glass panels which promote a continuous connection to the water. ???This ethos is extended to the swim platform on the aft, which spans 4.5 metres (14ft 9in) and c

A luxury boat that flies above water instead of on it has gone up for sale – for more than £2.1million.

Debuted during the Cannes Film Festival nearly a year ago, THE ICON showcased its ability to fly about one meter over water, ‘feeling no wave impact at all’, according to BMW , which developed it along with boat manufacturer TYDE.

THE ICON is the world’s first battery-powered vessel of its kind that is emission-free and high-end, said BMW when it was unveiled last May.

‘Up to now, marine electric mobility has been restricted to smaller, slower craft with comparatively little range, and the segment for faster boats with longer range is dominated by models with combustion engines,’ stated the manufacturer.

It is the first battery-powered marine craft of its kind

‘THE ICON redefines this relationship between the dimensions, top speed, and range of an electrically powered watercraft.’

It features large glass surfaces accentuated with LED light strips through which passengers can view the water directly. Its angled glass doors lead to a lounge with ‘a luxurious carpet that creates a kaleidoscope effect’, according to BMW.

THE ICON has a connection to composer Hans Zimmer , whose latest project is titled The Icon. The producer behind tracks for The Lion King and Batman and James Bond films has created a soundtrack personally tailored for the boat. The music matches THE ICON’s appearance and feel and changes with the drive note and functionality, WhatsTheJam reported.

YachtWorld has listed the ‘2023 Custom Tyde THE ICON’ as a new arrival, priced at £2,149,770. It’s location is disclosed as Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The boat has a max speed of 27 knots and has enough standing room for seven passengers

The boat is 13.15 meters long, has 295hp and 250 engine hours and can carry up to seven people.

‘Covering distances in elevated style. This is a new level of smooth elegance – a luxurious ride experience with panoramic sea views,’ states the listing.

‘Riding The Icon is the most exquisite way to reach your destination.’

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German automotive giant BMW continues its foray into electric watercraft by unveiling a new foiling day yacht that glides over the water and sets new standards for emission-free luxury watercraft design.

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Christened The Open, this new luxury electric boat represents the second collaboration between BMW and German boatbuilder Tyde, following The Icon, which debuted at the 76th Cannes Film Festival in May this year.

The aim of the two companies for the new design was to create a larger, even more luxurious electric foiling yacht tailored to cater to the needs of private users who are interested in sustainable luxury watercraft. Actually, the design team claims The Open is the largest luxury foiling motor yacht for private owners.

“With The Icon, we have shown how elegant and luxurious sustainable mobility on the water can be,”  comments Christoph Ballin, co-founder and managing director of Tyde.  “The continuation of the cooperation with BMW is now fuelling the launch into another segment. The new model brings future-orientated mobility to the day yacht segment.”

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Just like The Icon, the new Open foiling watercraft was developed in collaboration with the expert team at BMW’s industrial design studio spin-off Designworks and borrows state-of-the-art components and technology from the field of electromobility.

The renderings unveiled by the two companies showcase an open-walkaround day boat that measures 49 feet (15 meters) in length and has a maximum beam of 14.7 feet (4.5 meters). It is equipped with hydrofoils adapted from racing yachts, which significantly reduces energy consumption.

According to the designers, the foils allow the motor yacht to glide over the surface of the water with minimal drag, wake, and emissions, all the while saving almost 80 percent of energy.

In terms of power, the vessel will be equipped with a zero-emissions drivetrain similar to that fitted on The Icon. As such, we expect the foiling boat to boast a 400kWh bank of BMW i3 batteries and twin 100kW Torqeedo Deep Blue electric motors, which will allow it to start gliding above the water at around 17-18 knots. Lift will be generated by a T-foil at the bow and a twin-strut horizontal foil aft with forward-facing counter-rotating props.

The Open will be able to reach a maximum speed of 30 knots and will offer 50 nautical miles of range while cruising at 25 knots.

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In terms of amenities, The Open incorporates everything one expects a luxury day boat to offer. There is a two-seat helm station protected by an angular wraparound windshield and a large hardtop covered in photovoltaic panels. A small seating area can be found forward and presents a vantage point for spectacular views. The aft area of the open deck includes a dining space with sofas and a table, a sunpad, and a bathing platform.

As for the interior space of the new foiling day boat, there is accommodation for two people in a prismatic cabin with a spacious sleeping area, a small workspace, a large TV screen, and a fully equipped bathroom. Modern and luxurious, the cabin is flooded by natural light, which enhances the sense of space.

Tyde will handle everything related to the production and marketing of the Open  electric foiling yacht . The startup has now started taking orders for the innovative watercraft, with the first deliveries expected to commence in autumn 2024

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BMW and Tyde to introduce the world’s largest electric foiling yacht

Tyde and BMW's electric foiling yacht.

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BMW has joined hands with Tyde to design the “largest foiling motor yacht on Earth.” Termed The Open, it promises to blend sustainable mobility with a progressive understanding of luxury.

The electric vessel will see both firms partnering after the success of The Icon , the first battery-powered maritime vehicle. As with the Icon, the collaboration will see accumulated years of expertise from the BMW i brand in the field of electric mobility merge seamlessly with the proficiency of TYDE, a renowned boat manufacturer.

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The firm claims that the new product glides “effortlessly over the water with our smooth, silent, and eco-friendly propulsion, allowing you to savor the beauty of the natural world undisturbed,” said a  post  by BMW on X, formerly Twitter. 

Sustainable design

The Open, designed by BMW Group Designworks, boasts an expansive cabin that spans 14.8 meters in length and 4.5 meters in width. It includes a flush deck featuring a two-seater helm station, a sheltered galley with ample seating, a double sunbed at the stern, and a spacious relaxation area on the foredeck.

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The firms claim that by significantly reducing drag through hydrofoiling and realizing an impressive 80 percent energy savings, The Open surpasses traditional day yachts that typically consume over 150 liters of fossil fuels per hour. Hydrofoil technology uses a foil or wing underwater to lift the boat’s hull until it is totally outside the water. 

With its expansive solar roof covering the entire surface, not only does it guarantee sustainable periods of idle time, but it also exemplifies Tyde’s dedication to eco-friendly innovation, establishing pioneering benchmarks within the marine industry, according to the boat maker. 

Tyde claims that The Open offers a sensory journey as it glides gracefully over waves and is free from engine noises and fumes, enabling it to connect with the elements uniquely and blissfully.

Exciting powertrain

In the realm of electric marine innovation, The Open is set to offer a new standard with its impressive technical specifications. Powered by a 400 kWh battery and driven by two 100 kW electric engines, it achieves a maximum speed of 34.5 mph (30 knots) and a cruising speed of 28.7 mph (25 knots), offering a range of 57.5 miles (50 nautical miles) at cruising speed.

In comparison, though The Icon only offered six BMW i batteries, boasting a total capacity of 240 kWh, its powertrain is the same with two 100 kW electric engines. Interestingly, The Icon offers the same range, cruising, and top speeds as the The Open. 

The Open’s sleek design boasts a hull length of 48 feet and a beam of 7.76 feet, with a draft of 1.95 meters. Standing at a height of 3.50 meters above the waterline, The Open has a dry weight of approximately 11.50 tons. 

Accommodating up to 8 passengers, the vessel features one cabin, one bathroom, and sleeping arrangements for two. With a freshwater capacity of 110 liters, The Open is not just a boat; it’s a state-of-the-art experience in sustainable and high-performance marine travel, according to Tyde. 

The companies have not disclosed a specific timeline for the launch or provided pricing estimates at this point. We expect The Open to enter production soon and are optimistic about a competitive pricing structure. To provide context, The Icon’s prices began at $2 million, and we anticipate The Open to be priced slightly above this baseline.

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