Hydropace: the high-end, 100% electric and autonomous future of the catamaran
Specialized in new forms of intelligent mobility, a young designer has projected in 2030 to predict the evolution of high-end public transport. On the occasion of his diploma at the Royal College of Art in London, Cas Dahmen designed the Hydropace as a way to relieve the traffic of coastal cities while reducing the carbon footprint of our trips.
The designer Cas Dahmen was inspired by marine life for the organic forms of Hydropace. Dahmen case
Convinced that “it is crucial to convert our vehicles into pollution zero emission systems”, this young Dutchman has devised a boat powered solely by electricity and with a decidedly aerodynamic look, “at the crossroads between the high-speed trains of the Japan and hydrofoils racing boats, able to rise from the surface of the water from a certain speed thanks to the profiled wings of their hulls.
In all, four foils, two at the front and two at the rear, can lift the boat. Dahmen case
Equipped with two lithium batteries, the ship should reach 100 km / h once propelled into the air. What to connect Saudi Arabia to Bahrain in about thirty minutes and offer an alternative to a business and tourist clientele tired of traffic jams that can plague the megacities of the sea. But in addition to the speed of the catamaran, the 18 passengers will also enjoy a cabin with luxury and comfort inspired by private jets.
A platform welcomes passengers at the rear of the catamaran. Dahmen case
Arranged in rows under a 40-meter-long glass bubble, the armchairs are designed to maintain the fluidity of the space while providing privacy for each of their occupants. Completely transparent once switched off, the screens which decorate them allow to glance the glance in order to savor in the best the surrounding landscapes, visible even at the front of the catamaran thanks to the absence of cockpit.
Inside, the panorama is omnipresent. Dahmen case
The autonomy of the vehicle, pushed to the extreme, allows it to ensure its trajectory without any human action and thus reduce the crew to two people. But while waiting to sail in the Persian Gulf or the other seas of the globe, the project has already found a place, we could not be more adequate, in the gallery “Future Journey, Future City” of the London Transport Museum.