The All-Electric Cupra Born Hatchback: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Cupra Born electric car
Price: From € 46,980
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 58 kWh/ 77 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 426 - 547 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Cupra Born Hatchback

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 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 EV battery size options: 58 kWh and 77 kWh. The 58 kWh EV battery has an emission-free range up to 426 km (WLTP), while the 77 kWh EV battery has a range up to 547 km (WLTP).

The real-world electric range will depend on a number of factors, to include: driving style, road conditions, speed, tyre size, passenger load, weather, etc. For the 58 kWh EV battery, expect a real-world pure electric range closer to 390 km, while for the 77 kWh battery, 500 km will be more realistic. Nevertheless, the Cupra electric hatchback has a good and useful range on a single charge!

Do keep in mind that driving an electric car is much cheaper per km, compared to a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. Depending on the cost of charging, electric driving will cost between 5 and 10 cents per km. We at e-zoomed recommend charging an electric car, overnight at home, when the electricity prices are cheaper.

The EV is capable up to 135 kW DC charging, and the 77 kWh battery can be charged in 36 minutes (5%-80% SOC). The 58 kWh EV battery can be charged in 35 mins (120 kW DC). The electric car has an 11 kW onboard charger as standard, which is certainly an advantage for those charging destinations with 3-phase power supply (home and workplace). The 58 kWh EV battery can be fully charged in 6 hours and 15 minutes using a three-phase EV charger. The 77 kWh will take up to 7 hours 30 minutes.

But for most homes in Ireland, powered by a single-phase supply, using a dedicated home EV charger, like myenergi Zappi, expect the EV to be fully charged in under 10 hours for the 55 kWh battery and in under 12 hours for the 77 kWh battery. We at e-zoomed recommend a topping up approach to charging an electric car. This way to fully charge the EV will take shorter time and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the EV battery.

The Cupra EV is packed with technology, to include: rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, heat pump (improves range), intelligent park assist, travel assist, augmented reality head-up display, top view camera, pre-crash assist, exit warning and Cupra Connect Services. In terms of practicality, the EV is reasonable and offers up to 385 L boot space. As for the exterior body styling, there is no arguing that the sportier look is more appealing, compared to a traditional family hatchback!

All Cupra Born variants are available as only rear-wheel drive. For the entry-level Cupra Born 58 kWh, the pure electric hatchback can achieve 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The EV delivers a maximum power up to 204 ps and 310 Nm torque. The top speed is 160 km/h. The performance of the top of the range is even sportier.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

11 kW onboard charger as standardFour-wheel drive not available
DC charging up to 135 kWRear seats have limited space
Good EV rangeCheaper pure electric hatchback alternatives


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

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Cupra Born (from € 46,980): 58 kWh
Cupra Born (from € 54,470): 77 kWh

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 58 kWh/ 77 kWh
Charging:Up to 135 kW DC rapid charging. Onboard charger: 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/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

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

Cupra Born (58 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:58 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):426 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):15.3 – 17.3
Charging:120 kW DC rapid charging (5%-80% SOC: 35 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 6 hrs 15 mins)
Top Speed:160 km/h
0-100 km/h:7.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Kerb Weight (kg):2,240

Cupra Born (77 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):547 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):15.7 – 17.5
Charging:135 kW DC rapid charging (5%-80% SOC: 36 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:160 km/h
0-100 km/h:7 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):231
Torque (Nm):310
Kerb Weight (kg):1,946 – 2,036

Air Quality: An Overview

If there is one common theme that unites many of us, it is the concern over worsening air quality in our villages, towns and cities. This concern is not unique to Ireland, but a narrative that is now firmly centre stage globally. The detrimental health consequences of higher pollution, in particular, on the vulnerable, like children and the elderly is significant, and well documented.

According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), the PM2.5 concentration in Ireland is currently 1.6 times higher than the WHO annual air quality guideline value. WHO has described air pollution as the ‘single biggest environmental health risk’, leading to an increase in the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory diseases.

Electric vehicles and in particular, zero-tailpipe emission EVs, also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), help improve local air quality i.e. a pure electric car does not have a tailpipe/ exhaust, hence, zero-tailpipe emissions! Without an iota of doubt, all types of EVs, to include, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are better for improving air quality, compared to conventional petrol and diesel vehicles. We encourage all drivers in Ireland to migrate to lower emission electric driving.

Type Of Pollutants
Particulate matter (PM or PM 2.5)
Ammonia (NH3)
Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)
Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCS)

Primary Sources Of Pollutants
Road transportation
Industrial processes
Farming and agricultural processes
Waste industry
Energy generation
Domestic burning
Other forms of transportation, such as aviation, shipping and railroads

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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 large-scale 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 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 has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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