130m Solar Express: The Answer To Cleaner Cruising
Solar Express is the ambitious, futuristic 130m yacht that features vast exterior surfaces covered with solar panels – around 1,600 s ft to be exact. Penned by design studio M51's Anthony Glasson, the traditional, luxury aesthetic so heavily associated with modern superyachts has been sacrificed in the name of reducing negative impact on the environment and protecting our oceans.
Her stunning renderings reveal a sleek silouhette, with a “narwhal tusk”-inspired spike at the bow. With an exterior inspired by steam trains, the Solar Express lives up to her name as a shining beacon in bringing the conversation of sustainability to the forefront of the superyacht industry.
Light-weight and eco-focused, this hybrid-electric superyacht is completely green – offering restful, guilt-free journeys to all those onboard. With a propulsion system made up of two Azipods and electric generators, energy from the sun can be stored efficiently in large battery packs below deck to operate all of her amenities, making her entirely self-sufficient.
“This concept is for the owner who does not mind forgoing some typical large superyacht features such as helipads or sundecks to make way for solar paneling,” Anthony Glasson explains.
Despite her lack of luxury amenities, guests can travel in the comfort of reduced environmental impact and minimal cost. Accomodation for 4 guests can be found on the upper deck, with two lavish VIP cabins overlooking the aft deck, promising panoramic ocean views.
Compromise is a key factor in play in any design process, so guests will be pleased to know that they can still enjoy and indulge in a large beach club, a 10m swimming pool and jacuzzi, serene lounge areas on the main deck, a spot for al fresco dining, and a relaxation area at the stern.
“Solar Express is an attempt at a greener future for large superyachts,” Glasson adds.
Purely a concept at this stage, we hope to one day witness Solar Express venture out on to the water.
"This concept is for the owner who does not mind forgoing some typical large superyacht features such as helipads or sundecks to make way for solar paneling."