The nominations are now open for the third annual Gussies electric boat awards – officially the Gustave Trouvé Awards for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating.
There were 3 categories in the first awards – then in 2021 sub categories were added for boats In Production or In Development. The Electric sailboats category was added, as well as a category for DIY/Customized e-Boats. This year, electric workboats will also be awarded.
The full category list:
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
Electric boat awards named to honour French Inventor
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.
‘The Gussies’ 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.
In 2020 there were 50 boats nominated from 19 countries…in 2021 there were 105 boats entered from 24 countries and there is every reason to believe even more will be entered this year.
The 11 Gussies Winners thus far represent 11 different countries: Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA.
Because of the pandemic, the first Gussies were decided totally on public voting. Last year we introduced an International Judging Panel of experts from national electric boat associations and other e-boat organizations. The weighting of the votes was 80% public vote, 20% panel.
In those years, there were two rounds of public voting – one to select the Finalists in each category and another to select the eventual winners. For this year, all of the past Gussies winners will join the international judging panel, to make a total of 19 experts from around the world.
International Judging Panel
The Panel will vote to select which electric boats become Finalists, and then the public will vote. The Panel will also vote in the finals, with a weighting of 60% panel members, 40% public voted.
For the mathematically inclined, here is a simple analysis of how that works:
Assumption: 1000 public votes in the category. Those 1000 votes represent 40% of the total ‘points’, so the total number of points works out to 2500. The total Judges votes will account for 1500 points (1000 is 40% of 2500, 1500 is 60% of 2500). There are 11 judges, so each vote from a judge represents 227 points. Judges are recused from voting for boats from their own company.
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 the Venice 2028 organization and Germany’s Friends of the Finow Canal.
One of the refreshing things about The Gussies is that it reflects the competitive camaraderie in the electric boat industry. The judges appreciate the role of rewarding excellence as everyone pushes themselves and others to promote zero emission boating and literally help change the world.
A big thank you and shout out to all the Judges.
Finalists Judging took place the week of October 3, 2022.
Public Voting Begins October 11 and ends November 7.
Winners will be announced November 11.
The International Judging Panel
The Electric Boat Association (UK)
The EBA was established in London, England, in 1982, and is the largest organization in the world dedicated to electric boats and boating. The EBA champions the interests of electric boat owners. We’re here to help with issues such as waterway access, charging points, slipway facilities, reduced licence fees and the Boat Safety Scheme. Members also enjoy meeting up and talking kilo watts. electricboatassociation.org
The Electric Boat Association of America
The Electric Boat Association of America was formed in 1992 to gather those dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of clean and quiet electric boating. Goals include being an educational arm and information source for electric powered boating issues, representing electric boaters in matters of environmental protections and regulations and providing a forum for sharing experience and advice on electric boat related projects.
L’Association Française pour le Bateau Electrique / The Electric Boat Association of France
The AFBE was created in 1994 in Bordeaux by partners from different professional backgrounds – academics, researchers, engineers and industrialists – to promote and develop the domestic and international marketing and awareness of France’s electric boat industry. bateau-electrique.com
The Electric Boat Organization of Greece – EBA Greece
The Electric Boat Organization of Greece – EBA Greece was founded in Greece in 2016 to promote the development of electric boats and to serve the needs of all those who have an interest in the field of electric boats and ships, such as boat owners or members and business owners dealing with the specific construction sector. eba.gr
Swiss Association for Zero Emission Boats
The objectives of the Association, among others, are to promote the design, construction and use of zero emission boats. They encourage individuals to shift to sustainable boating and professional to equip their marinas with electric and / or hydrogen infrastructures. The association works also with the public authorities to increase the shift to zero emission boats. Once a year, the association organize a Swiss Tour to showcase developments in the field of zero emission boats. The public and guests can discover the latest innovations in electric and hydrogen boats, test them and enjoy the pleasure of sailing without any noise or pollutant emission. zeroemissionboat.ch
Electric Boat Association of Canada
The Electric Boat Association of Canada was formed in 2018 by a group of boating enthusiasts who are concerned about the use of fossil fuels for transportation and are excited about the possibilities of boats and ships powered by electricity. It advocates for policies, incentives and programs that will encourage use of electric propulsion in the country with the world’s longest coastline. electricboatassociation.ca
Unser Finowkanal: Friends of the Finow Canal
Germany’s Finow Canal contains twelve historic locks that capture the region’s technological and cultural heritage. The Friends of The Finow Canal Initiative lobby for the survival and preservation of this important waterway and its so future generations will be able to travel down the thundering water of one-thousand tons of Finow Canal water at each stage. unser-finowkanal.eu
Venice Agenda 2028 / e-Regatta
VeniceAgenda2028 is an N.G.O. working with Venetians to transform the city’s motorized waterborne traffic, particularly its public transport, from diesel/petrol engines to zero emission electric propulsion. The goal is to ensure that by the year 2028, all motor boats including water-buses, taxis, work and private boats are all zero-emission, low wash electric boats. The third Venice e-Regatta of electric boats will take place May 31 to June 4, 2023 at the Salone Nautica Venezia (Venice Boat Show). veniceagenda2028.com
Past Gussies Winners on International Judging Panel
Cantiere Ernesto Riva – Italy
Daniele Riva is the seventh generation of the Ernesto Riva shipyard, started in 1771 on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Their elegant wooden e-Commuter ‘Ernesto’ took home the 2021 Gussies Award for Excellence in Electric Boats Under 8 metres – In Production. A master shipwright himself, Daniele maintains the shipyard’s historic reputation for being the epitome of hand craftsmanship while also marrying the cantiere’s classic design philosophy to the latest electric propulsion technologies. cantiereernestoriva.it
ecomarine was formed by Capt. Abdullah Al Mahmud and associates to help conserve nature through the use of renewable energy for water transports. The company’s refitted sightseeing boat in Dhaka, ‘IRON’, was winner of the 2021 Gussies in the newly introduced Customized/DIY category. Abdullah is a Master Mariner with more than 30 years experience both in shipbuilding and in commanding ocean going vessels. ecomarinebd.com
Freepower Solar Boat – Norway
Martin Bjurmalm is the founder of Freepower Solar Boats in Norway, winner of the 2021 Gussie for Electric Boats Under 8m – In Development. A specialist in mechanics and electronics, Martin was working in the oil and gas industry in 2012 when he became a father for the first time and began to think of the consequences of fossil fuel consumption. After watching a documentary about Steve Jobs he was inspired to pursue his dream of a fossil-fuel-free autonomous boat and started the company and development of the electric Freepower Solar Boat. freepower.no
Lamarca Engenharia -Brazil
Sérgio Lamarca is the Technical Director of Brazil’s Lamarca Engineering, which won the 2022 Gussie for ‘Commercial Passenger Electric Boat – In Development’ with their Zero Emission Double Ended Ferry. Lamarca collaborates with the Brazilian Society of Naval Engineering in the committees for the decarbonization of maritime transport and the production of renewable energy, with a focus on new electric and hybrid propulsion solutions that include batteries, photovoltaics and hydrogen fuel cells. lamarcaengenharia.com.br
Maid of the Mist / ABB: USA
In 2020 the world famous Maid of the Mist ferries that take visitors to the base of Niagara Falls worked with ABB to ‘go electric’ and won the 2021 Gussie for Commercial Passenger Boats – In Production. ABB Marine and Ports Vice President Ed Schwarz has over 20 years of experience in the maritime industry and received the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s Admiral McCready Award in 2020 for his work employing new technologies including all-electric zero-emissions vessel propulsion.
Navalt – India
Sandith Thandasherry is the founder of Navalt, an eco-marine technology company that is a one-stop shop for everything “Green Marine’ and a driving force behind the Indian maritime industry’s transition to solar and zero-emission propulsion. The Aditya solar commuter ferry, winner ofthe 2020 Gussies for Commercial Passenger Boats, was introduced in 2017, and its success prompted the State Water Transport Department of Kerala to replace all 48 diesel ferries with solar-powered vessels. Navalt also manufactures solar-powered fishing boats and general workboats and has a data science division providing performance analytics services to some of the world’s largest shipping companies. navaltboats.com
Silent-Yachts – Austria
Solar-pioneers Heike und Michael Köhler founded Silent-Yachts in 2004 and built their first pure solar powered boat in 2009 with their findings from over 15,000 nautical miles of sailing research and experimentation. The company now offers a full range of customizable solar electric catamarans ranging from 60 feet to 120 feet with more than 50 boats sold thus far. Their iconic Silent 60 was the 2021 Gussie Award winner for Electric Boats Over 8m/26 ft – In Production. silent-yachts.com
Swiss Sustainable Yachts: Switzerland
Swiss Sustainable Yachts was founded in 2018 and is working with a team of top international experts from various fields who shared the vision of a modern and smart power catamaran with superior performance, design and comfort, in tune with its environment and free from vibrations and fumes. The realization of that vision was the AQUON One, which incorporates solar, battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology. It was awarded the 2021 Gussie for Excellence in Electric Boats Over 8 metres / 26 feet: In Development and is now ready for production. aquon.ch
Sunreef Yachts: Poland
Sunreef Yachts was founded in Gdansk in 2002 by electrical equipment magnate Francis Lapp and is now the world leader in the design and construction of large, customized luxury catamarans. The company launched its Eco line of electric and hybrid power yachts in 2019 with brand ambassador Nico Rosberg and the 60E won the 2021 Gussie for Electric Sailboats. There is now a full range of both sailing and power boats in the Eco line, including the Sunreef 80 with its innovative solar skin.
ZEN Yachts: Spain
Julien Mélot is the CEO of ZEN Yachts and the winner of the 2020 Gussies Electric Boat Over 8 metres category for his solar-electric catamaran ‘Aquanima’. He holds a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Lisbon and is passionate about using clean energy technologies, sustainable high resistance materials and innovative nautical design to build a world where humans can sail on zero-emission boats, yachts, and ships, leaving no polluting trace of their passage in their wake. zenyachts.com
Zodiac Nautic: France
Zodiac Nautic was originally the Zodiac airships and aviation French company, which was founded in 1896 and specialized in the production of airships. In the 1930s one of its engineers developed a prototype for an inflatable boat and the company is now the world leader in inflatable products and services with millions of Zodiac owners in 90 countries. The inaugural 2020 Gussie Award for Excellence in Electric Boats Under 8m / 26 ft was awarded to the Zodiac Nautic eJet 450 Tender. zodiac-nautic.com