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The 2021 Awards begin May 26.

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. 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. Please provide a link to specifications for the boat.

You will be notified by email on acceptance/non-acceptance of your nominee.


Qualifying Criteria for Gustave Trouvé Awards 2021

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.

Categories: Production Boats

Electric Boats Under 8 metres / 26 feet 3 inches)
Electric Boats Over 8 metres (includes 8m/ 26′ 3″)
Commercial Passenger Electric Boats

New Category:

Customized / DIY Electric Boat


Criteria for Production Boats Categories

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

Must have at least one production model sold to the general public

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


Criteria for DIY /Customized Electric Boat

‘One-off’ boats that have been specifically built or re/retrofitted for electric propulsion
Production boats fitted to the owner’s desires are Production Boats

Main propulsion must be electric

No fossil fuel propulsion or generation

Only one boat per Owner


Nominate an electric boat for The Gussies 2021