The All-Electric Cupra Born Hatchback: The Complete Guide

Cupra Born electric car

Overview


SEAT CUPRA, S.A.U, simply known as CUPRA, is the high performance motorsport subsidiary of SEAT. SEAT S.A. is Spain’s first family car manufacturer. The automotive company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Martorell, Spain.

In 1986, SEAT was sold to the German automotive group, Volkswagen A.G. Cupra was previously known as SEAT Sport. The Cupra brand was created in 2018. Cupra has the following portfolio of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).

  • Formentor e-HYBRID
  • Leon e-HYBRID
  • Leon Estate e-HYBRID
  • The all-electric Cupra Born


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The All-Electric Cupra Born Hatchback


The all-electric Cupra Born hatchback is the first pure electric car from the SEAT high performance brand. The EV is manufactured on the Volkswagen MEB platform, which is also used by the all-electric VW ID.3. The Cupra electric car is a sportier version of the VW ID.3 hatchback.

The Cupra electric vehicle (EV) is available in two battery size options, 55 kWh and 62 kWh, with a third ‘Long Range’ option (77 kWh) available from 2022. The 55 kWh EV battery has an emission-free range up to 217 miles (WLTP), while the 62 kWh EV battery has a range up to 263 miles (WLTP). Cupra claims that the Long Range option will have a range up to 335 miles. The real world electric range will depend on the variant chosen, the driving style and driving conditions, but is usually lower than the manufacturers claimed range. In any case, the Cupra electric hatchback has a good range on a single charge!

The EV is capable of up to 100 kW DC charging and can be charged in 31 minutes(5%-80% SOC). The electric car has two on-board charger options, 7.2 kW and 11 kW i.e. the 11 kW on-board charger is not a standard specification. Home charging will vary between 10 hours to 15 hours 30 minutes, depending on the supply to the residential building (single-phase/ three-phase supply).

Prices have yet to be confirmed by the manufacturer, but expectations are for prices to start from £32,000.

Cupra Born electric car
The All-Electric Cupra Born Hatchback (credit: Cupra)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):N/A
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:No

Variants (2 Options)
Cupra Born (55 kWh)
Cupra Born (62 kWh)

PROSCONS
Attractive sporty exterior styling11 kW on-board charger not standard
High quality interior and infotainment systemRear seats have limited space
Good range of EV battery optionsCheaper pure electric hatchback alternatives

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes (55 kWh/ 62 kWh)
Charging:100 kW DC rapid charging. On-board charger 7.2 kW/ 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1540
Width (mm):1809
Length (mm):4322
Wheelbase (mm):2766
Turning Circle (m):10.15
Cargo Volume (L):385

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh£2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Cupra Born (55 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:55 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):217 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):15.0
Charging:100 kW DC rapid charging (5%-80% SOC: 31 mins). On-board charger 7.2 kW AC
Top Speed:130 mph
0-62 mph:8.9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):150
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,240
Colours:6

Cupra Born (62 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:62 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):263 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):15.5 – 16.7
Charging:100 kW DC rapid charging (5%-80% SOC: 31 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Top Speed:130 mph
0-62 mph:7.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,260
Colours:6

Cupra Born electric car
The All-Electric Cupra Born Hatchback (credit: Cupra)

Cupra Born electric car
The All-Electric Cupra Born Hatchback (credit: Cupra)

Cupra Born electric car
The All-Electric Cupra Born Hatchback (credit: Cupra)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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