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

Emission-free watercraft makes dramatic Cannes debut

Published: 17 May 2023

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.

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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.

It’s a smidgen over 13-metres long, with fancy glass panels and a Dolby Atmos-sponsored sound suite.

And speaking about Hollywood's finest, there’s an ‘on-board soundscape’ by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

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