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The Fibonacci Electric Catamaran by Icona Is Pure Symphony on Water
If we’re dreaming about an all-electric future, we might as well enjoy the most beautiful dreams the human mind can create. Icona Design Group, an automotive designer that’s gotten some media attention in recent years for its electric, autonomous concepts, is making its debut in yacht design, with a catamaran unlike any other on the water right now.

The Fibonacci Electric Catamaran by Icona Is Pure Symphony on Water

The Fibonacci electric catamaran, a fully-functional concept looking for an investorThe Fibonacci electric catamaran, a fully-functional concept looking for an investorThe Fibonacci electric catamaran, a fully-functional concept looking for an investorThe Fibonacci electric catamaran, a fully-functional concept looking for an investorThe Fibonacci electric catamaran, a fully-functional concept looking for an investorThe Fibonacci electric catamaran, a fully-functional concept looking for an investor
It’s called Fibonacci and would best be described as symphony on water. A silent, emissions-free symphony of disruptive design that draws for inspiration on the elegant shape of a master piano.

The Fibonacci catamaran is also a concept, but it’s well past the rendering stage. It’s a fully functional concept that has been developed in partnership with Italian firm of naval architecture Hydrotec, Terra Modena Mechatronic, a startup that produces electric propulsion systems for marine use, and electrical contractor ASG Power. To put it differently, this is a platform that is ready to be build right away, as soon as an investor comes along.

Fibonacci is shaped like a piano, with the lid opening up to expose the flying deck. The entire deck could be used as an open-space salon, with Icona Design saying it might even be suitable to host a chamber music concert at sea. Inside the hulls are two or three guest cabins with ensuites, while the design of the catamaran allows stowing a small tender in the stern, between the two hulls.

That said, Fibonacci is not made for long-distance cruising. It’s rather a watercraft meant for day-long stays at sea or for hosting cocktail parties or other types of fancy gatherings with a handful of close friends. It’s designed with the young, financially well-off yacht owner in mind, and would make a perfect match with his or her hybrid or even fully electric yacht.

In designing the very elegant Fibonacci, Icona has used its previous experience in designing concept cars, calling this catamaran the next logical evolution of what they’d done with Nucleus, their 2018 EV / AV. “This is an evolution which remains a silent and elegant speed form – sustainable, non-aggressive and inviting, for both pilot and occupants,” Samuel Chuffart, VP and Global design Director of Icona, explains.

“We wanted to apply once again a futuristic vision of transport, but this time on water. Tomorrow’s boating experience will no longer be for just a few aficionados – with the technological evolution and sustainability now offered, boats should be designed differently to embrace a wider spectrum of people and uses,” Chuffart adds.

Fibonacci comes to disrupt traditional yacht design by offering asymmetric lines that flow through the inside-outside use of space. This isn’t only for aesthetics, either: Icona says that this would render the watercraft more appealing to a wider range of seafarers, while the technology on board would increase maneuverability. Think of it as of a very user-friendly catamaran that delivers double the dose of extra in terms of elegance and outstanding design. Haute couture for every one.

Two battery packs of 340 kWh power electric motors of 200kW peak power, with the option of adding a Hydrogen range extender. The ASG Power-made lithium batteries can reach a full charge in as little as 20 minutes, thanks to the Charging Rate 3C system, and are rated for 14,000 cycles. Range is estimated at 150 miles at a cruising speed of 10 knots, while top speed would be at 15 knots. Since this watercraft was designed for day-time or weekend use, Icona says it could spend 12 hours at sea and 12 hours at anchor, without guests having to worry about energy use.

Fibonacci could be turned modular to serve as personal watercraft or as a floating hotel unit, part of a larger fleet, with the latter version being customizable to a certain extent. The possibility to fit the catamaran with solar panels or wind or wave generators for the hotel applications is being considered.

On-board tech would include mouse pad control for easy maneuverability, 360-degree camera angle and sensors, and satellite vision and GPS, among others.

An estimated price range is not included among the details of the project, but seeing how we’re talking about a catamaran that boasts of being able to do a lot of impressive things, it’s probably not cheap. Assuming an interested party with enough money comes along eventually.

 
 
 
 
 

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