BMW and Tyde have combined forces to create the world’s largest electric hydrofoil yacht. Called the Open, the vehicle promises to comnine “a futuristic appearance with a spacious design, ensuring an exceedingly luxurious and utterly comfortable experience for you and your guests.”
The foiling yacht, which is defined by the fact that it lifts above the water on specially fitted hydrofoils according to the Royal Yachting Association, isn’t the first time the two companies have joined forces. Previously, BMW and Tyde worked together to design the first battery-powered maritime vehicle, called the Icon. Because of its succes, they decided to once again work together on the Open.
The Open spans over a surface of 14.8 by 4.5 metres and includes a two-seater helm station, a sheltered galley with a spacious seating area , a double sunbed at the stern, and a generous relaxation area on the foredeck. The design is be described by the developers as simple and futuristic, with a grey exterior and a trendy beige interior. With a TV, full-sized bathroom, generous seating and storage, the Open comes equipped with all necessary ammenities and is also fully customisable according to the desires of future owners.
But what really makes the difference is the energy consumption of the hydrofoiling yacht. According to Tyde, the Open achieves 80% in energy savings through drag reduction via hydrofoiling and the roof, which is covered in solar panels, providing the little energy that is needed for navigating. According to the two companies, thanks to the electric motor and silent hydrofoils, travellers will be able to enjoy the silence like never before when voyaging on the waters.
While a date for entering production has not been revealed yet, the Open has a battery capacity of 400 kWh and a top speed of 30 knots (55.56 km/h). At cruising speed, which is 25 knots (46.3 km/h), the yacht has a range of 50 nautical miles (92.6 km). The maximum passenger capacity is 8 people, while there’s sleeping accommodation for two.