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Electric car battery sizes and range

With internal combustion engine cars, buyers typically compare fuel consumption to find the more efficient vehicles. However on EVs whilst it is possible to compare consumption in the form of kWh/100km, how far you can travel before charging becomes the more important factor buyers look at. This is due to the time it takes to charge an EV vehicle compared to simply refuelling your traditional petrol or diesel car.

Battery sizes explained

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Battery sizes explained

Larger batteries hold more energy

The size of the battery is the biggest contributing factor to range. As an example the battery sizes available in the CUPRA Born are 58kWh and 77kWh. The larger the number the more power the battery holds. A 58kWh battery can typically provide up to 264 miles* on a single charge whilst the larger 77kWh battery can run for up to 342 miles*. This should be more than what most require to complete the majority of journeys.

The size of the battery is the biggest contributing factor to range. As an example the battery sizes available in the CUPRA Born are 58kWh and 77kWh. The larger the number the more power the battery holds. A 58kWh battery can typically provide up to 264 miles* on a single charge whilst the larger 77kWh battery can run for up to 342 miles*. This should be more than what most require to complete the majority of journeys.

Battery range

Explore some of the many factors that impact battery usage and the range you can receive.

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Weather & temperature

Lithium-ion batteries are sensitive to climate and in colder or hotter temperatures are less efficient at producing the chemical reactions needed to produce power. As the battery needs to work harder it also reduces range.

In-car technology

Cars now have more technology in them and most of these features use electricity. This includes internet-connected entertainment system, heating and air conditioning system, heated seats and even safety features like lane assist. They all draw on the same power that is powering the vehicle.

Driving style

Just like in cars with traditional engines, driving style greatly affects the amount of power used when driving around. More aggressive driving will result in greater energy usage, reducing range. 

Battery degradation

Over time after many charges batteries lose the amount of charge they can hold. This results in reduction in the range achievable from a full charge.

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* Official test (WLTP) range for the CUPRA Born. Figure for comparability purposes with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures, obtained after the battery had been fully charged.  May not reflect real life driving results.

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Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption and CO2 figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. Figures may not reflect real life driving results. ​

Lithium-ion batteries, of the type used in most electric vehicles (including CUPRA electric vehicles) have a restricted lifespan. Battery capacity will reduce over time, with use and charging. Reduction in battery capacity will affect the performance of the vehicle, including the range achievable, and may impact resale value. New car performance figures (including battery capacity and range) may be provided for the purposes of comparison between vehicles. You should not rely on new car performance figures (including battery capacity and range), in relation to used vehicles with older batteries, as they will not reflect used vehicle performance in the real world. For further information on battery degradation/preservation and the CUPRA 8 year/100,000 mile battery warranty, please click here.