First pictures: Cupra Born EV
Cupra has revealed its first full electric model, with the Born coming to the UK late this year.
The car will be offered with four EV powertrain options ranging from 150hp and a 211-mile official range to 231hp and a 335-mile range figure.
The sporting sister brand to Seat, Cupra already has petrol and plug-in hybrid models in the form of the Ateca, Leon and Formentor, but this is the first full electric model from either brand. The Born is roughly the same size as the Leon lower medium hatchback, coming in 46mm shorter but 9mm wider and 95mm higher. Boot capacity is five litres better than the Leon hatch at 385 litres.
All models will get a 12-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen and sports bucket seats, emphasising the brand’s sporting stance. An augmented reality head-up display, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and predictive adaptive cruise control that adjusts speed according to the road ahead will also all be available.
“The Cupra Born is a game-changer in the electric market and the impulse of the company’s transformation,” said Cupra and Seat president Wayne Griffiths. “Delivering stimulating design, instantaneous performance and offering an all-electric range of more than 500 kilometres, the CUPRA Born will contribute to reducing global CO2emissions and meeting European targets.”
Petrol rates increased in new AFRs
The reclaim rate for drivers using company cars on work business has been raised across all sizes of petrol engine and the largest diesel models in the latest Advisory Fuel Rates.
Valid from 1 June, the new rates are 11p per mile for petrol models of up to 1400cc, 13p for those above that and up to 2000cc and 19p per mile for petrol cars over 2000cc. For the latter two, this is the second consecutive quarterly 1p per mile increase, with rates decided via an equation of fuel prices and average vehicle efficiency.
The largest diesel models, those over 2000cc, also went up by a penny per mile to 13p but the lower two diesel rates stay the same, while all three LPG rates were increased by a penny per mile.
The EV rate remains 4p per mile.
For all the fuel rates, see the Government’s AFR page.
Vauxhall reveals Movano-e large electric van
Vauxhall has revealed its third electric light commercial vehicle, with the Movano-e on sale from late summer, joining the Vivaro-e and forthcoming Combo-e that launches later this year.
The electric large van arrives as part of a refreshed Movano line-up that will also be offered in diesel form across four wheelbase lengths, three heights and a cargo volume of up to 17 cubic metres.
The EV Movano will, like its Citroen Relay and Peugeot Boxer siblings, be offered with 37kWh or 70kWh battery options with an official range of 72 miles and 139 miles respectively, and Vauxhall said the packaging of the battery below the floor means no impact on load volume.