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The 2022 Awards are on as of August 25.

The Gustave Trouvé Awards were started in 2020 as an initiative by electric boat website Plugboats to recognize the inventors, designers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and visionaries who are making advances every day to develop clean, quiet, zero emission technologies and designs to reduce reliance on fossil fuel for marine propulsion.

It is the only international boating award that focuses exclusively on electric boats and boating.

The awards are named to honour one of the first visionaries of electric boating, French inventor Gustave Trouvé, who created the world’s first electric outboard boat motor – in fact the world’s first outboard boat motor of any technology – in May of 1881.

To nominate a  boat in  the 2021 Gustave Trouvé Awards for Electric Boats and Boating

Anyone is welcomed to nominate and electric bot in The Gussies.

Click on the image below to go to the nomination page on Plugboats

Nominate an electric boat in The Gussies 2022

Please read the Qualifying Criteria and the spirit of the Awards, then use the Contact Form for your submission.

The nomination will be reviewed to see that it meets the qualifying criteria.

Nominations close September 27, 2022. At that time the International Judging Panel will select the Finalists to be voted on by the Public.


Electric Boats Under 8 metres / 26 feet 3 inches (includes 8m / 26′ 3″)
Divisions: In Production  •  In Development

Electric Boats Over 8 metres

Divisions: In Production  •  In Development

Commercial Passenger Electric Boats
Divisions: In Production  •  In Development

Electric Sailboats

Customized / DIY Electric Boat

New Category for 2022:

Electric Workboats

The spirit of the Gustave Trouvé Awards is to recognize achievement and excellence in electric boats – boats with non fossil-fuel propulsion – and to promote zero emission motor technology.

Criteria for Production Boats Categories:

Electric Boats Under 8 metres / 26 feet 3 inches
Electric Boats Over 8 metres / 26 feet 3 inches
Commercial Passenger Electric Boats
Electric Workboats

  • Main propulsion must be electric
  • Can include other non fossil fuel propulsion methods as secondary propulsion (i.e. sail)
  • Fossil fuel propulsion as secondary propulsion does not meet criteria:
    a hybrid boat that uses fossil fuel for propulsion does not meet the criteria
    UNLESS it is offered for sale to the public in an all-electric version
  • At least one production model sold
  • Commercial Passenger Electric Boats must have at least one vessel in operation
  • Only one model per Category per Manufacturer
  • Previous Gussies Winners not eligible for 2021 Awards

Clarification of Commercial Passenger Electric Boats

This category is to award electric boats that have been designed specifically to take paying passengers from one location to another such as ferries and watertaxis. Boats designed for recreational use that may be used as tenders should be nominated in the appropriate length category above, as should boats that are designed for recreational use but are in use for rental or charter purposes.

The general criteria for Production Boats apply to this category.

Criteria for DIY /Customized Electric Boat

  • ‘One-off’ boats that have been specifically built or re/retrofitted for electric propulsion. Production boats customized, altered or fitted to the purchasing client’s desires are Production Boats.
  • Main propulsion must be electric
  • No fossil fuel propulsion or generation

Criteria for Electric Sailboats

  • Main propulsion wind/sail
  • Secondary propulsion all electric
  • Sailing boats with an all-electric drive train that use fossil fuel to generate electricity but not to propel the boat are eligible