Electromobility is not only transforming the automotive industry, but also the marine sector. BMW, the German car giant, has teamed up with tech start-up TYDE to present a new 13.5-metre electric boat named The Icon. The Icon is a showcase boat that demonstrates the potential of electric propulsion and hydrofoil technology for sustainable and efficient mobility on the water. Its design is very sleek and modern, unlike the boats you may see everyday.
The Icon – An Electric Boat
The Icon is a battery-powered boat that can travel up to 50 nautical miles (about 92 kilometres) at a speed of 24 knots (about 44 kilometres per hour), with a maximum speed of 30 knots (about 56 kilometres per hour). The boat uses six BMW i3 batteries to power two 100 kW electric motors that drive two propellers. The boat also features a hydrofoil system that lifts the hull above the water surface, reducing the drag and the energy consumption by up to 80 per cent compared to a conventional hull. The hydrofoil system also improves the stability and comfort of the ride, as the boat glides smoothly over the waves.
How does The Icon look?
The Icon has a sleek and futuristic design that reflects its innovative nature. The boat has a flat trimaran-style hull with a prism-like layout and a central support for the superstructure. The boat also has glass panels that allow the passengers to enjoy a panoramic view of the surroundings.
The interior design of the boat is spacious and luxurious, with a lounge-like cabin that can accommodate up to six people. The cabin has a high ceiling thanks to an origami-style design that allows the passengers to stand upright across the cabin. The cabin is divided into two lounge areas and a BMW-designed helm station, which features rotating helm seats that can function either as part of the social area or independently. The helm station has a 32-inch touch digital control unit with 6k resolution that resembles the BMW iDrive operating system. The electric boat also has voice control and a Dolby Atmos sound system…