About the Gustave Trouvé Awards

Please find below the Press Release announcing the opening of nominations fo the 2021 Gustave Trouvé Awards for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating.

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2021


First year’s awards featured 50 boats from 19 countries

Nominations are now being accepted for The Gustave Trouvé Awards for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating, the international electric boat awards started last year by electric boat website Plugboats.com

Nominations are being accepted in four categories: Electric Boats Under 8 metres/26 feet, Electric Boats Over 8m/26 ft, Electric Boats Designed for Paying Passengers and, new for this year, Customized/DIY Electric Boats.

UPDATE JUNE 8, 2021 – a new category has been added: Electric Sailboats for boats with main propulsion of sail/wind and secondary/auxiliary propulsion all electric.

The awards were created 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.

They are named to honour Gustave Trouvé, a prolific French inventor with over 75 patents to his name who was awarded the Légion d’Honneur in 1882. Among his innovations was the world’s first outboard boat motor, which he devised so that he could detach the motor from his prototype electric boat ‘Le Teléphone’ and take it home to work on in his Paris apartment.

While M. Trouvé’s invention predates the 1887 patent of the internal combustion engine, and electric boats have been available since the first years of the 20th century, it is not until recently that they have begun to enter the mainstream. Analsysis from Research and Markets in February of 2020 estimates that the global market was worth US$ 4.49 Bn in 2018, and is expected to grow to US$ 12.32 Bn by 2027.

‘The Gussies’, as the awards are known in the electric boat world, are the only international boating awards that focus exclusively on electric boats and boating.

Winners are selected through a combination of online public voting and weighted voting by a panel of industry experts from: the Electric Boat Associations of the UK, USA, France, Greece, Canada and Switzerland; the Alternate Fuels Committee of Inland Waterways Internaitonal; and the Venice 2028 organization and e-Regatta.

“The first year of The Gussies saw over 10,000 votes from electric boat enthusiasts all over the world” said Jeff Butler, Editor/Publisher of Plugboats and Founder of the awards “and with interest in electric propulsion growing literally by the day, I expect many many more this year.”

The 2020 awards had 50 boats nominated from 19 countries with the winning boats hailing from France, Singapore and India. Members of the public are welcome to nominate any electric boat and can find the qualifying criteria on the websites of The Gussies and of Plugboats.

The opening of nominations, May 26, is the 140th anniversary of Le Télephone’s first trip down the Seine River in 1881. Nominations for The Gussies close on June 16, voting will select which 6 boats in each of the 4 categories will move on to the finals, and final voting will begin July 6 to decide the winners, announced on the 118th aniversary of Trouve’s death in 1902: July 27.

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For more information and to see all boats in the 2021 awards, please visit »» Plugboats.com