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
August 25, 2022

Nominations open for 3rd International Electric Boat Awards – The Gussies

Judging to be done by Public, International Panel and Past Gussies Winners

Nominations are now being accepted for the third annual Gustave Trouvé Awards for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating, the international electric boat awards started in 2020 by electric boat website Plugboats.com

Awards will be presented in 10 categories and sub categories:

Electric Boats Under 8 metres/26 feet:
Boats in Serial Production and Boats In Development
Electric Boats Over 8m/26 ft:
Boats in Serial Production and Boats In Development
Electric Boats Designed for Paying Passengers:
Boats in Serial Production and Boats In Development
Electric Sailboats:
Boats in Serial Production and Boats In Development
Customized / DIY Electric Boats

And new for this year, Electric Work Boats.

Members of the public as well as manufacturers and others in the marine industry are welcome to nominate any electric boat and can find the qualifying criteria on the Plugboats website:

Nominate an electric boat in The Gussies 2022

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 – among them 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 for further work in his Paris apartment.

‘The Gussies’, as the awards are known in the electric boat world, are the only international boating awards to focus exclusively on electric boats and boating. In a graphic demonstration of the growth of the segment, there were 50 boats nominated from 19 countries in 2020, 105 boats from 24 countries in 2021, with the 11 Gussies Winners from those years representing: Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA.

Winners are selected through a combination of online public voting and weighted voting by an international panel of industry experts. The panel will select finalists from the submitted nominations and public voting will follow.

The International Panel is made up of delegates from electric boat associations around the world and, new for this year, representatives from the 11 past Gussies winning companies. The panel’s choices will be weighted at 60% of the final decision and the public votes at 40%.

“It is remarkable to see the growth of electric boats since the first Gussies in 2020 and the number of designers and manufacturers that are advancing the technology and accessibility of e-boating literally everywhere around the world.” said Jeff Butler, Editor/Publisher of Plugboats and Founder of The Gussies.

“There is also competitive camaraderie in the industry that is nice to see. I know the past winners are excited to be on the panel not only as judges, but in the role of rewarding excellence as everyone pushes themselves and others to promote zero emission boating and literally help change the world.”

The past winners on the Panel are: Cantiere Ernesto Riva, ecomarine, Freepower Solar Boat, Lamarca Engenharia, Maid of the Mist, ABB, Navalt, Silent-Yachts, Swiss Sustainable Yachts, Sunreef Yachts, ZEN Yachts and Zodiac Nautic.

The electric boat associations of the UK, France, USA, Greece, Switzerland and Canada are joined by Venice 2028, the e-Regatta and Germany’s Friends of the Finow Canal.

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.

Now they are following rapidly in the footsteps of the electric vehicle industry. A report by Allied Market Research in June, 2022 says ‘the global electric boat market was valued at $5.0 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $16.6 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 12.9% from 2022 to 2031.”

The Finalists for public voting will be selected by the Panel on September 25. Public voting for the third annual Gussies will begin October 1 and winners announced October 31, 2022.

Thank you for visiting The Gussies website.
For more information and to see all boats in the 2021 awards, please visit »» Plugboats.com