Winners announced for 4th Gussies International Electric Boat Awards

Nov 7, 2023

After tallying the votes from a panel of 25 international electric boat experts and 5,000+ electric boat enthusiasts all over the world, the fourth annual Gustave Trouvé Awards for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating – ‘The Gussies’ – has announced the recipients of its 2023 1st Place honours. 

Awards were presented to nine boats, from high speed sport models to hydrofoiling urban ferries to wingsail-assisted solar-electric yachts and a refitted 1930s classic.

The awards are the only international boating awards that focus exclusively on electric boats and recognize craft already in production as well as concept boats and those in late development stage. They include electric leisure boats, workboats, commercial passenger vessels, sailboats and fossil fuel boats that have been refitted with electric propulsion. The full list of winners with images and short descriptions can be seen at: https://plugboats.com/gussies-electric-boats-awards-winners-2023/

Winners of The 2023 Gustave Trouvé Awards:

            • Production Electric Boat Up to 8m / 26ft: Axopar 25e by Axopar Boats, Finland 

            • Concept/In Development Electric Boat Up to 8m / 26ft: NERO777 Evolution by Nero Yachts, Germany

            • Production Electric Boat Over 8m / 26ft: ZEN50 by Zen Yachts, Spain 

            • Concept/In Development Electric Boat Over 8m / 26ft: Soel Senses 62 by Soel Yachts, Netherlands 

            • Electric Sailboat: Fareast 42C by Fareast Boats, P.R. China 

            • Electric Workboat: Tideman RBB 700 OB by Tideman Boats, Netherlands

            • Electric Commercial Passenger Vessel In Operation: Ferry 2306 E3 ‘Bryggen’ operated by Arriva Denmark, propulsion by Damen, Netherlands and Echandia, Sweden 

            • Electric Commercial Passenger Vessel In Development : Artemis EF-24 by Artemis Technologies, UK 

            • Retrofitted / Customized / DIY  Electric Boat: Lockheed 1937 by Boats and Cars of Kingston, UK 

The awards, now in their fourth year, were created by electric boat website Plugboats.com 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.

Over 160 boats were nominated, with the finalist list narrowed down by the International Judging Panel and eventual winners chosen through a combination of public voting and weighted ballots from the Panel. The panel is comprised of representatives from international electric boat associations and events along with all past Gussie winners. This year’s winners will join the panel for the 2024 awards.

“The sheer number of nominees shows just how quickly the world of electric boats is growing, and they show that however you would like to travel across the water, or just enjoy your time on it, electric can do it. It is happening all over the world. Gussies winners this year came from 7 countries to make a total of 20 countries that have had a boat builder awarded since 2020.”

‘The Gussies’ 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. SkyQuest Technology Consulting estimates that the electric boat market will exceed USD 14.95 Billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 12.96% from 2023 to 2030.*

Related Articles

Canada’s Marine Retailers Band Together to Form New Canadian Marine Retailers Association


The provincial marine associations from across the country, collectively representing over 80,000 jobs and $9.2B in national annual economic impact, announced the formation of a new national association whose mandate will be to represent the interests of recreational boating including recreational boat retailing and brokering, boat and engine & trailer sales, accessories, slip rentals, service, storage, fuel sales and more. Headquartered in Penetanguishene, Ontario, the newly formed Canadian Marine Retailers Association (CMRA) will focus on national issues facing the sector.

“The formation of a national voice to address the many aspects of our sector that affect the jobs and lives of Canadians from coast to coast is something many of our provincial associations have been calling for, for years,” says Brett Ramsey, President of Boating Ontario. “This is a positive step to ensuring issues facing our sector are represented to decisionmakers in the federal government.” READ MORE

Need to Catch up on News This Week?

Every Tuesday we publish a fresh Digest with informative articles pertaining to the Canadian boating and marine industry. Stay up to date with the latest products, research and industry developments.

Missed an Issue of Boating Industry Canada News Week? If you’re looking for a specific issue, or simply want to catch up on previous issues, check out our Boating Industry Canada News Week Archives.

Not signed up for News Week? Subscribe here.

Just Launched

No posts

Five Impressive Features of the New Marex 440 Cruiser

The Marex 440 Cruiser is a beacon of innovation, representing the newest generation of cruisers embellished with modern design lines and groundbreaking innovations. Spanning a length of 13.70 metres and flaunting a maximum beam of 4.27 metres, this elegant vessel is destined to become the jewel of the Marex brand. Here, we explore five key aspects of the Marex 440 that redefine the cruising experience.

1. Diverse Modifications: The Marex 440 is available in two distinctive modifications: the 440 Gourmet Cruiser, boasting a vast U-shaped kitchen layout, and the 440 Scandinavia Version, featuring an additional enclosed salon for dining. These modifications are meticulously designed to offer a versatile cruising experience, whether you prefer an expansive kitchen or an additional dining space, catering to diverse preferences and lifestyle needs. READ MORE

Stainless steel outlet covers built for harsh weather

Hubbell-Marine Stainless steel outlet covers
Hubbell-Marine Stainless steel outlet covers

Stainless steel combines long-lasting corrosion resistance with an attractive, classic appearance to enhance any deck. That’s why Hubbell Marine uses it in its premium Stainless Steel Flip Covers to protect electrical terminals from impacts, weather, even curious children and pets.

Both styles of Hubbell Marine Stainless Steel Flip Covers, and associated hinge pins, springs and mounting hardware, are built from heavy-duty polished 316 stainless steel. The easy-to-clean covers are enhanced by durable elastomer base gaskets and EVA back gaskets for weatherproof reliability. READ MORE