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).
The production version of the Cupra Formentor compact SUV was unveiled in 2020, with production commencing in September 2020. The SUV is marketed as a ‘Coupé SUV’ by the Spanish automotive manufacturer. The Formentor SUV is also available as a plug-in hybrid. PHEVs are appropriate for individuals and families:
Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving.
Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling.
Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations.
Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis.
Keen to save money.
It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.
The Cupra PHEV has a 12.8 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of up to 37 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 31 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!
At A Glance
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):
Available In UK:
Variants (4 Options)
Cupra Formentor V1 eHybrid(from £36,170)
Cupra Formentor V2 eHybrid(from £38,115)
Cupra Formentor VZ1 eHybrid(from £38,915)
Cupra Formentor VZ2 eHybrid(from £40,585)
Attractive, distinctive and stylish exterior
Limited to a 3.6 kW on-board charger
Good emission-free range (up to 37 miles)
Boot space limited
Ample space and practical
An expensive PHEV compared to alternatives
EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:
EV Battery Capacity:
Available in one battery size (12.8 kWh)
On-board charger 3.6 kW
EV Cable Type:
8 years or 100,000 miles
Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh
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)
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