The Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid: The Complete Guide

Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid

Overview


Groupe Renault (Renault Group), is a leading player in the global automotive sector. Renault is now part of the global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The partnership makes these companies the 3rd largest automotive group in the world after Volkswagen and Toyota. Renault is headquartered in France.

Renault has been an early mover in the zero-emission electric driving sector and has established a leading position. The automotive manufacturer offers a number of well known battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), to include:



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The Renault Captur PHEV Compact SUV


The Renault Captur compact SUV was launched in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept version was unveiled in 2011. The SUV is now in its second generation. The Captur is available as a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid. PHEVs are appropriate for individuals and families:

  • Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving.
  • Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling.
  • Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations.
  • Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis.
  • Keen to save money.

It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.

The Renault PHEV has a 9.8 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of up to 31 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 25 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid
The Renault Captur PHEV SUV (credit: Renault)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (Compact)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engines:Petrol-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
S Edition (from £26,000)
R.S. Line (from £27,500)

PROSCONS
Perfect for city drivingSmall EV battery (9.8 kWh)
Affordable PHEVAlternatives have better electric range
Practical and good spaceSome cheap materials

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (9.8 kWh)
Charging:On board charger: 3.7 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:34g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh£1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/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)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1576
Width (mm):2003
Length (mm):4227
Wheelbase (mm):2639
Turning Circle (m):11.1
Boot capacity (L):261

E-TECH Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto
EV Battery Capacity:9.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):29-31 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (MPG):188.3
Charging:On board charger: 3.7 kW AC
Top Speed:107 mph
0-62 mph:10.1 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (HP):160
Torque (Nm):205
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,564
Colours:15

Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid
The Renault Captur PHEV SUV (credit: Renault)

Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid
The Renault Captur PHEV SUV (credit: Renault)

Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid
The Renault Captur PHEV SUV (credit: Renault)

Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid
The Renault Captur PHEV SUV (credit: Renault)

Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid
The Renault Captur PHEV SUV (credit: Renault)

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Author

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 the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar 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 AMIH, 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 is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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