Gussies Electric Boat Awards Winners 2022
Congratulations to all of the 2022 Gussies Winners!
After voting by the public and an International Judging Panel of 19 electric boat experts, these are the boats who have taken First Place in their respective categories as examples of ‘excellence in electric boats and boating’.
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The awards are named after Gustave Trouvé, the French inventor who decided the best way to work on the electric motor propelling his prototype boat ‘Le Téléphone‘ along the Seine in 1874 was to devise a detachable unit so that he could tinker with the motor in his shop at home. It was the birth of the outboard motor.
Now, in 2022, more than 100 boats from 21 countries and every continent except Antarctica entered ‘The Gussies’ and carry on his legacy. Congratulations goes not just to our winners but also to all of the designers and builders and technicians and everyone involved in bringing these boat to life and for helping to grow electric propulsion everywhere. The future indeed looks very bright.
Production Electric Boats: Up to 8m / 26ft
Faroboats | eBlue Boat • Portugal
A full electric luxury boat from Faroboats and designed by Tomás Costa Lima, The Faro5 can be combined with its solar-powered docking station, turning it into a fully self-sustainable solution. The battery capacity is enough for an 8 to 10 hours ride. The boat can be delivered with different engine packages, so that in most countries you can get a license-free model. Outboard motors are mainly the innovative shaftless propeller solutions from RimDrive Technologies in the Netherlands. Altogether a highly innovative boating solution for the leisure market.
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Concept/In Development Electric Boats: Up to 8m / 26ft
Engenharia Lamarca • Brazil
The Aurora Sport has an ergonomic design with low noise and vibration, will be made with recyclable materials and propelled with a 15kW permanent magnet electric motor and battery system. The hull has been optimized using CFD Analysis (Computational Fluid Dynamics) to increase the hydrodynamic efficiency for a reduction in required power, and a lower acquisition and overall operational cost. LOA: 5.8m
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Production Electric Boats: Over 8m / 26ft
Candela • Sweden
The C-8 is a long-range, all-electric hydrofoiling craft that travels silently above the water surface, designed to be the most efficient boat ever built. At 20 knots, the energy usage per nautical mile is just 0.8 kWh – the energy content of just 0.1 liter of gasoline. With a proprietary double pod motor and technology that adjusts the hydrofoils hundreds of times per second to provide the smoothest ride imaginable, the Candela C-8 is one of the best-selling premium boats in Europe – including ICE powered boats.
Concept/In Development Electric Boats: Over 8m / 26ft
SILENT 120 Explorer
SILENT YACHTS • Austria
A 120 foot ocean-going solar electric catamaran from one of the pioneers of electric boating, the SILENT 120 Explorer is an homage back to the days when the brave were constantly seeking unknown horizons. The same way it took an unbroken adventurous spirit to explore the seven seas beyond the limit of one’s imagination, it took a lot of courage to envision and develop the solar electric drivetrain. A fearless attitude is required either way. As such, the SILENT 120 Explorer is more than a yacht – she is the boldest expression of electric solar powered yachting yet.
Sunreef 80 Eco
Sunreef Yachts • Poland
The Sunreef 80 Eco is an eco-responsible luxury craft combining electric propulsion, superyacht living spaces, reliable sailing performance and the latest green technologies. Sunreef’s proprietary solar skin power system, covering a total area of 164m² solar panels, can be integrated with various composite structures of the yacht including the mast, boom, superstructure and hull to generate up to 45.5kWp. The all-electric Sunreef 80 Eco is fully-autonomous and uses revolutionary green tech for fuel-free cruising in total silence and luxury.
Customized / DIY / Refitted Electric Boats
Drivetrain: Rikard Wildare | Boat: C.G. Pettersson • Sweden
A classic Swedish mahogany dream, carefully retrofitted with the most beautiful electric drivetrain on the market. Elektra is almost 100 years old, designed by C.G. Pettersson, Sweden’s most prominent boat designer. All new wood is solid mahogany and teak. All parts in the drivetrain are designed in-house, CNC-machined from aluminum and anodized. She runs like a dream and captures everyone’s attention with her sleek lines and appearance. A very efficient hull that has inspired many of today’s electric boats.10Kw • 20Kwh battery • (Second life Audi e-tron) Max Speed:9 knots Range: 40 Nm at 6 kn.
Navalt Solar & Electric Boats • India
Electric catamarans are the wave of the future, and Navalt is ‘leading the charge’ in India and worldwide. Their new SRAV solar-electric catamaran is empirically designed to revolutionize commercial fishing by minimising operational expenditure and increasing fishing profit margins substantially. Powered by MAKO 12 kW electric motor, SRAV can gallop through the sea at an astonishing speed of 8 knots—making it faster than any other boat in its class. SRAV makes fishing much easier and more profitable for its owners – and provides a cleaner aquatic environment for everyone.
Electric Commercial Passenger Vessels: In Operation
Kochi Metro 1
Cochin Shipyard • India | Echandia • Sweden
Kochi Water Metro is an integrated water transport solution for the southern city of Kochi in India. The project will be the largest water transport system in the world under a single command and control operating as an urban transport system with 78 boats and 38 terminals over 76 route kilometres. The first 100 Passenger boats have been delivered by Cochin Shipyard working with Echandia energy storage solutions. When the full non-fossil fuel water transport system is implemented in 2035 it will reduce carbon and pollutant emissions by 16,650 tons each year.
Electric Commercial Passenger Vessels: In Development
MobyFly • Switzerland
MobyFly hydrofoil boats are fast, transporting 12 to 300 passengers comfortably above the waves at speeds in excess of 70 km/h, with an efficiency requiring up to 70% less energy than current diesel ferries. MobyFly’s largest and most ambitious boat (30m) is designed to carry up to 300 passengers utilizing computer-controlled flight systems at the leading edge of this technology that have been race tested in extreme real-world conditions. MobyFly’s first two boats (10m and 18m) will be powered by rechargeable electric batteries with proven reliability.