The BMW Open electric yacht has been unveiled
German marque BMW and boatmaker Tyde have collaborated on the BMW Open electric yacht, the successor to the one they debuted at the 76th Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The new Open is six feet longer than its predecessor and is claimed to be the largest luxury electric foiling yacht on the market.
“With the Icon, we have shown how elegant and luxurious sustainable mobility on the water can be,” said Christoph Ballin, the co-founder and managing director of Tyde. “The continuation of the cooperation with BMW is now fueling the launch into another segment.”
The BMW Open electric yacht will feature foils, two 100 kW electric motors, and a 400 kWh battery, just like the professional model. The stated top speed is thirty knots, and the stated cruise speed is twenty five miles per hour. To power the batteries, solar panels are mounted on the roof.
A stepped bow and tapering bulwarks at the stern are distinguishing features of the design. A strong curved windshield and an imposing hard-top that is secured in place by bulwark reinforcements provide excellent protection for the cockpit. With a length of 49 feet and a width of 15 feet, the Open can hold up to 8 passengers. A two-person helm station, a large saloon and galley room, a double stern sundeck, and a relaxing area on the foredeck are all part of the deck’s arrangement.
The yacht’s drivetrain, which will have the same zero-emission configuration as the Icon, will provide electricity. As a result, there’s high expectation that it will be equipped with 100kW Torqeedo Deep Blue electric motors and a 400kWh bank of BMW i3 batteries, enabling it to glide at a speed of about 17–18 knots. A twin-strut horizontal foil aft with forward-facing counter-rotating props and a T-foil at the bow will produce lift.
“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,” said Stefan Ponikva, vice president of brand communication and brand experience for BMW.
Available now for order, production of the BMW Open electric yacht will start at the end of this month, with deliveries scheduled for fall 2024.