The next production model from Cupra – Seat’s performance brand – will be the el-Born full-electric hatchback. The EV will be powered by a 77kWh (82kWh gross) battery that sends power through a rear electric motor of undisclosed output and offer up to a 500 kilometre (310 mile) range.
Revealed today ahead of a full launch in 2021, the Cupra el-Born is said to bring “sustainable mobility with a unique character and dynamism” and will be the first performance-oriented version of the modular MEB electric platform in the Volkswagen Group’s range. Cupra has been chosen to launch the el-Born instead of Seat, as was originally intended.
When asked if the el-Born will ever hit the market branded as a Seat, Cupra CEO Wayne Griffiths said “We are launching the el-born as the first fully electric model under the Cupra brand. I believe this is the right decision, the el-Born has all the genes of the Cupra brand…I think any good news for Cupra is good news for Seat.”
Since the 2019 el-Born concept was unveiled Cupra’s design team have given it a new, brand-specific look, largely centring around a more aggressive front-end redesign and bespoke interior details.
The last vehicle with a combustion engine left the assembly line on Friday at the Zwickau car factory. The seventh generation Golf R Estate with 2.0-litre petrol engine in Oryx White Pearl Effect was produced for a customer in Germany.
From now on, only electric models of the Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands will be produced in Zwickau, Germany.
ICE cars have been built in Zwickau since 1904. Initially, Horch and Trabant cars came off that production plant. In May 1990, Volkswagen started production at this plant and over the past 30 years, a total of 6,049,207 Volkswagen Polos, Golfs, Golf Estates, Passat Saloons, and Passat Variants have been produced there.
Reinhard de Vries, Managing Director of Technology and Logistics at Volkswagen Sachsen » “The trend towards electric mobility will continue to pick up speed. We will meet this demand from Zwickau: we have already created the capacity to build 330,000 vehicles next year.”
1.2 billion euros is being invested in the conversion for electric mobility at this plant. Production of the VW ID.3 1st Edition started at this site in November 2019. Conversion work on the remainder of the plant will allow the the start of production of the VW ID.4 later this summer. Another electric SUV from the sister brand Audi is also planned for Zwickau. By 2021, six different models will be built under the Volkswagen, Audi, and Seat brands in Zwickau by 8,000 employees, all using the modular electric toolkit (MEB) platform which was developed specifically to take maximum advantage the unique characteristics electric vehicles have to offer.
Volkswagen plans to launch 27 electric cars based on its MEB platform by 2022. That will include a family of affordable models although VW hasn’t decided which brand they will be sold under, according to a new report.
Back in March 2019, VW Group CEO Herbert Diess said Seat would to lead the development of these fully-electric city cars, priced under 20,000 euros ($22,000). That no longer appears to be the case.
VW Group is reconsidering which of its brands will develop a new family of small electric cars after Spanish unit Seat lost the project. Seat was partnering with JACAutomobile Group on the EVs as part of plans to resume sales in China, though its reentry has been postponed.
The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) has tested the range and charge time of popular electric vehicles in winter conditions. 20 vehicles were driven until they stopped completely and shut down, to measure their real world range.
EVs don’t suddenly shut down when they run out of power. Drivers are given several warnings and can maintain regular speed until the very last miles.
EVs on average lose 20 percent of their range in colder climate.
EVs charge more slowly in cold temperatures.
NAF collected 20 of the best-selling electric car models you can buy from Norwegian dealerships as of January 2020.
The test focused on range, consumption and charging time. To test all the cars equally, the test drive was performed without preheating of neither cabin nor battery. All cars drove the same route on the same day, with similar style of driving, and climate control settings.
The test route consisted of city driving, highways and country roads in speeds from 60 kmh (37 mph) to 110 kmh (68 mph). All the cars had one climb through a mountain pass. The longest running cars climbed two mountain passes.
The tests started in Oslo and ended in Hafjell, which is normally a 200 km (124 mi) journey, but the evaluation extended that route to 482 km (300 mi) to cope with the cars with more range. They went through city and highway driving and at least a mountain pass. Speeds ranged from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph). The idea was to run the EVs until the battery was completely discharged.
NAF also performed a charging test from around 10 percent to a minimum of 80 percent of charge. It was conducted at -2ºC (28.4ºF), and all cars were driving for at least two hours to ensure their batteries were warm.
The first thing the association discovered was that the tested EVs present around 18.5 percent less range than their manufacturers state on WLTP. The worst one was in this was the Opel Ampera-e, a car that you are more used to calling Chevy Bolt. With a WLTP range of 423 km, it managed to run only 296.9 km, or 29.81 percent less. […]