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Different types of electric vehicles

At CUPRA we have an extensive range of high-powered electric vehicles. Offering a refined driving experience with reduced emissions.

Explore our 3 main types of EVs and how they function.

Battery electric vehicle (BEV)


All electric

With a UK ban on new, solely petrol/diesel powered vehicles planned by 2030 and hybrid vehicles by 2035, electric vehicles will become the main vehicle type available. 

Electric vehicles have come a long way in the recent years and many now have ranges of several hundred miles. The CUPRA Born V3 77kWh 230PS as an example has a range of up to 342 miles (official test figure)*.


Charging can be performed at home or at a public charger. A CUPRA Born with the 58kWh battery can charge from 5% to 80% in as little as 35 minutes using a 120kW public rapid charger^, whilst at home you can charge at your own convenience using an installed EV charger like the one from our partners at Ohme†.

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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)


What makes PHEV different?

A PHEV can be considered as a more advanced version of a MHEV. Featuring a larger battery than a mild hybrid, the driver can choose between all electric mode, pure engine, or a combination of the two. 

All-electric or petrol power

When in all-electric mode, the CUPRA Formentor for example, has an official test range of up to 37 miles* after which the petrol engine takes over. For those with shorter commutes this could mean completing these journeys on tailpipe emission-free electric power alone.

Business benefits

CUPRA PHEVs due to their lower CO2 output also have lower Benefit in Kind (BiK) taxation and Road Fund Licence (RFL) than their equivalent combustion engine counterparts.


CUPRA Formentor and Leon e-HYBRID can achieve over 200* miles per gallon (according to the official test values) making them more fuel efficient than pure combustion engines.

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Mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV)


How does MHEVs work?

Available on the CUPRA Leon as a 1.5 eTSI 150PS variant, our MHEVs have a traditional 1.5 litre petrol engine coupled with a 48 volt battery. The battery powered motor can assist or in some situations take over from the engine, providing either a power boost or aid fuel efficiency. 


The battery recovers energy when braking (brake energy recuperation) and therefore this vehicle does not need to be plugged in. 


The CUPRA Leon 1.5 eTSI 150PS has a WLTP combined MPG of 44.8-47.9*.

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Learn more about electric vehicles

Battery sizes and other factors that affect range.

Electric vehicle charge times and running costs.

EV charging at home and charger installation.

* Official test (WLTP) figures for the CUPRA Born, CUPRA Formentor and CUPRA Leon (as applicable).  All vehicles are tested according to WLTP technical procedures. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles, vehicle load (and, for battery electric vehicles, the starting charge of the battery). Figures for plug-in hybrid vehicles and mild hybrid vehicles were obtained using a combination of battery power and fuel. Figures for battery electric and hybrid vehicles were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. Battery electric and plug in hybrid vehicles require mains electricity for charging.  Figures quoted are subject to change due to ongoing approvals/changes and may include options not available in the UK.  Please consult your retailer for further information.

CUPRA Born - MPG: Not applicable | CO2 emissions: 0 g/km | Electric range*: 254 to 342 miles

CUPRA Formentor PHEV - MPG: 176 to 235 | CO2 emissions (weighted): 27 to 33 g/km

CUPRA Leon PHEV 5dr - MPG: 201 to 217 | CO2 emissions (weighted): 29 to 31 g/km

CUPRA Leon MHEV 5dr - MPG: 44 to 47 | CO2 emissions (weighted): 136 to 146 g/km

^ Actual charging times will vary depending on car, battery and charger specification, temperature & condition, environmental factors, etc. Charging will be longer in cold weather. Timings based on a 5 to 80% charge using a 120kW charger.

​† UK homeowners (or renters with landlord's permission) with off-street parking at their property only.  Wall box installation subject to contract with Ohme. Exclusions, eligibility restrictions and terms and conditions apply. 

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.

Please note that some images and specifications may not reflect UK specification or may only be available as an option.​