19 Nov 2020: TORQEEDO NEWS!! The direct-drive 1103 will continue unchanged into 2021 – although we are told the price is likely to increase at least 5% (£90 or so). But there will also be a new downrated 600W version available, called the 603, with a new lighter weight (floating) 500Wh battery. The price will be less than an 1103 but we don’t know how much yet. We’d advise you DON’T BUY a 503 or 1003 (the older designs) without at least being aware they’re about to be discontinued. We will update this page as we find out more about the new 603.
Torqeedo arguably started the electric outboard revolution, and make some the most advanced small portable outboards in the world. We think they’re excellent but we do also know and understand their limitations; this page is not the usual re-quoted manufacturer blurb you’ll find elsewhere. And there is no point trying to hide the fact that Torqeedo no longer have this market to themselves; if you have not already seen it please also read our Epropulsion Spirit motor page.
Both manufacturers make 1kW electric outboards with lithium battery packs where you’d expect to find the fuel tank. They are roughly equivalent (saying equal is misleading), in terms of what they achieve on the water, to 3hp petrol outboards. But much easier to use, quieter, cleaner and easier to store. The advantages are so significant that it’s now difficult to think of a reason to buy a small petrol motor.
As of November 2020 we are still the only significant UK Dealer to stock and sell both Torqeedo and Epropulsion… and we are number one in the UK for both brands. There are many similarities between the two, and some important differences. We’ve used the three main models – Torqeedo 1003 & 1103, Epropulsion Spirit – and it’s only by stocking both brands we believe we can listen to you and recommend the one that will suit you best (rather than being a single brand dealer and forced to try and sell you that one).
Let’s look first at the Torqeedo 1103 (and new 603) highlights:
– High Power, 1100W for the 1103, and 600W for the (new-in-2021) 603 Apart from the Epropulsions, almost all other portable electric outboards are classed as “trolling motors”.
– VERY EASY to Use.Twist and go; no messing with a choke, pulling starting cord, or spilling petrol, etc.
– No Carburettor to “gum up” when stored. (Probably the most common problems with small petrol outboards.)
– LIGHTWEIGHT. Total assembled weight for the new 603 is approx 15kg, 17kg for the 1103. Both dismantle quickly into 3 pieces, the heaviest (being the main shaft/motor assembly) of which is 11kg. The old 503/1003 were acutally a bit lighter, but now discontinued and had other disadvantages.
– IP67 Waterproof, so even if you submerse them (up to 1m) they still work. Yes we’ve tried it. Brilliant for use on small boats!
– Built-in GPS & Digital Display, showing battery charge state, speed, range and power draw.
– QUIET! Where the Epropulsion Spirit is very quiet, the 1103 at 33db is roughly equivalent to a human whisper (effectively silent in water). We assume the new 603 will be the same. The old 503/1003 motors had quite a distinctive loud “whine”, this is a thing of the past with 603/1103 models.
– Integral Battery, much like the fuel tank on a small petrol outboard.
And second our TORQEEDO 503, 603 1003 and 1103 PRICES (November 2020):
– Torqeedo 1103CS (std shaft), 915Wh battery
£1869 £1675 £1635 BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL IN STOCK UK and specification unchanged for 2021, although we are told price is likely to go up 5%, ie £90 or so. If you know you want one, but not yet, you can pay a £500 deposit now (option at top of page) to reserve an 1103 for when you do want it (eg March 2021), at the current price. (Including B-F special price if ordered by 2300 Monday 30 Nov)
– NEW 2021 Torqeedo 603S, 500Wh battery £price tbc. (Our best guess is somewhere around the £1500 mark). So far as we can tell it’s a downrated 1103 with a smaller battery, and will replace the 503 and 1003 once those models have sold out.
Torqeedo 1003S (std shaft), 532Wh battery £1449 Torqeedo say “not currently available” (as it’s discontinued we think this means no more ever)
– Torqeedo 1003CS, 915Wh battery
£1699 £1500 about to be discontinued, we can still get you one, it will take approx 5-7 working days
– Torqeedo 503S, 320Wh battery
£1249 £1125 about to be discontinued , we can still get you one, it will take approx 5-7 working days
– CHANGE TO LONG SHAFT on any of the above motors £50 (extra) usually in stock but call/email to check
NOTE ON AVAILABILITY (Nov 2020): Torqeedo motors have been difficult to get hold of throughout 2020, demand has exceeded manufacturing capacity. As above, we currently have 1103CS – and most accessories – in stock, but not the 503 or 1003 as these are about to be discontinued (we can order in for you). We do not guarantee it but most orders to most UK destinations go out on a next working day service if in stock and ordered by 1200 (delivery on accessories is free if ordered at same time as motor).
* See notes on specification changes lower down page. These are quite significant, and because we have fast turnover all our current stock was delivered Oct 2020 or more recently! If you’re considering purchase elsewhere simply ask for the manufacturing date. If you see a better price for the same product – ie current model, current battery of same capacity – please call us and we’ll see what we can do. The battery size is often a cause of confusion, but if you want the higher capacity versions they will be more expensive. For example at Southampton Boat Show last year a Torqeedo 1003 was being offered by one dealer with a 320Wh battery (normally only supplied with smaller motors); thus the “headline price” was very low but we’re not sure everyone was being made aware that with the 320Wh battery the run time on full power was less than 20 minutes!
CUSTOMERS OUTSIDE UK: We welcome enquiries from overseas but please be aware that international shipping of lithium batteries is difficult and expensive – we are happy to quote but shipping cost will depend on where you live. (As of Sept 2020, about £120 to most of France, Germany, Holland, which – with the cost savings due to our rather weak Pound! – may still be worthwhile…)
Also note, if you are thinking about “taking a Torqeedo with you” that lithium batteries of this size absolutely cannot be flown in passenger baggage (neither in hold nor as carry-on).
If you contact us you will be able to speak to somebody who has actually used a Torqeedo on the water, and can give genuine, useful (realistic!) advice about battery life, range, and whether your particular boat is suited to electric drive. If you are told the battery lasts 10 hours and the motor is directly equal to a 5hp petrol put the phone down – they either don’t understand the product or are lying!
We usually have stock: come and see an 1103, or the rival Epropulsion Spirit, talk about them, touch them, and so on – then make a decision and take one away the same day if you want to! Contact us to arrange a time/date:
Mobile – 07768 600595
Tel – 0800 999 2535 (FREE from UK landlines)
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT NOTE: CHANGES TO THE TORQEEDO 1003
Note 19 Nov 2020: 1003 (and smaller sister 503) models are about to be discontinued…. direct-drive 1103 (introduced 2019) continues unchanged into 2021
The following information is retained for reference should you be looking at purchasing a second hand 1003 for example:
(1) From mid-2015 the Torqeedo 1003 has been supplied with a battery that charges much faster, with the standard mains charger supplied. This is a really significant improvement: for the 532Wh battery it’s halved the charging time to 7hrs instead of 14. (And the newest 915Wh battery takes about 10hrs with this charger.)
(2) The 2015-onward model also ships with a USB adapter which means you can use the Torqeedo battery as a supply for your phone, camera, navigation light, etc whilst on the move. It’s a very simple, innocuous looking thing but cannot be retro-fitted to older batteries.
(3) October 2016 – you can now buy the new high capacity battery (915Wh, vs standard battery 532Wh) packaged with the 1003 (standard with the 1103). Previously it was only (officially) available as an extra, ie you had to buy the high capacity battery as an extra. Order ref for the 1003 with 932Wh battery is 1003CS (or L for long shaft).
There have been many other changes over the years to the 1003: increased battery capacity, improved software, and a beefed-up transom clamp design. If you are looking at a “secondhand Torqeedo bargain on ebay”, bear these differences in mind – and in particular find out when it was made and which battery it has! If say it’s a 2013 520Wh battery then yes, it should still work fine, but by now (in 2019) it will only have about 400Wh capacity – because (like all batteries) they “lose” roughly 4% a year – and it will be the older, slower charging, variety.
THE NEW-IN-2019 1103C
Blink slightly and you’ll miss the difference in the name – and it looks very similar too – but beneath the skin the new 1103 is quite different to the 1003, the big ones being:
(1) The new 1103 has a direct-drive brushless DC motor (more like, dare we say it, the Epropulsion!), whereas the (about-to-be discontinued) 1003 had a faster-spinning AC motor with a reduction gearbox. The 1103 is therefore much quieter, with more instantaneous throttle response. On the water you can say it’s silent, the noise of the water splashing on the hull as we drove forward was louder than the motor! We are also told the software on the 1103 is less prone to being “over-protective” than the 1003, probably because it doesn’t have a gearbox to protect, and from our experience this season there are far fewer (almost zero) incidences of throwing up errors for no apparent reason.
(2) It’s an 1100W motor rather than a 1000W motor (10% more power).
(3) It’s a bit heavier (about 2kg) and the bulb (motor housing at bottom of leg) is physically longer
(4) It has a new design, stronger, clamp/tilt bracket, presumably to cope with the increase in power and weight
(5) The shear pin is now really a drive pin, we’ve never heard of an 1103 drive pin breaking. The 503 & 1003 had much weaker shear pins to protect the gearbox (or as one customer put it “they appear to be made of cheese!”).
We placed a forward order for 1103C motors as soon as we heard about them and were amongst if not the first to have them in the UK. As with previous Torqeedo new product releases they have been extremely popular and sell out almost as soon as they come in! If you know you want one, even if it’s not for a month or two, it’s worth getting yourself on the list to make sure one is available when you do want it. There is currently a £500 deposit option (top of page) to reserve one at the 2020 price, for delivery when you want it in 2021.
The new-for-2021 603 we believe to be essentially a downrated version of the 1103 (so the same physical size and weight for the leg part), with a brand new design of battery which is rated at 500Wh and weighs just 4.2kg. So the total assembled weight is less than the 1103 (15kg vs 17kg), but the battery capacity (and therefore run time at a given power output) is 45% less.