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

Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid
Price: From € 38,020
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV (Compact)
Battery size: 9.8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 47 - 50 km
Tailpipe emissions: 33 - 36 g (CO2/km)


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The Renault Captur PHEV Compact SUV


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:

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 also available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

If you are not limited by the notion ‘that only premium brands can fit your lifestyle’, then the Renault Captur plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is worth considering for its ‘value proposition’. The relatively more affordable retail price, along with the lower cost of emission-free electric driving, can result in decent financial savings for families and companies.

The PHEV has a 9.8 kWh onboard EV battery and a WLTP certified electric range up to 50 km. Both are typical of this type of plug-in hybrid electric car. However, expect the real-world electric range to be closer to 45 km. The EV range is impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, speed, load, regenerative braking, road condition, weather, wheel size and a lot more. A 45 km pure electric driving range is sufficient for day-to-day commutes.

The Renault PHEV pairs a 1.6-litre (4-cylinder) petrol engine with an electric motor, powered by an onboard EV battery. The automotive manufacturer claims a fuel economy up to 1.6 l/100 km for the electric vehicle (EV). Of course the real-world fuel economy will depend on a number of factors, but none as influential as using the e-mode.

Bottom-line, to increase the fuel economy of the electric vehicle and lower the driving costs, the PHEV should be driven as much as possible on the e-mode. It is also far cheaper to drive on electric mode, compared to using the combustion engine. Depending on where and when the EV is charged, and the cost of charging, driving an electric car will cost between 5 to 10 cents per km. Of course, driving on e-mode has the added benefit of a smoother and quieter drive.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which again is as easy as charging a smartphone. We at e-zoomed recommend the use of a dedicated EV charging station, like zappi to charge the EV. We do not encourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug. The EV incorporates a 3.7 kW AC onboard charger and is not capable of DC charging. It can be fully charged in 3 hours. The manufacturer offers a 8 years or 150,000 km warranty.

The performance of the electric SUV will not set the heart racing, but it does the job! The front-wheel drive Renault Captur E-Tech plug-in hybrid can achieve 0-100 km/h in 10.1 seconds, with a top speed of 173 km/h. The hybrid drivetrain delivers a maximum power of 160 HP (torque: 205 Nm), sufficient for city and motorway driving. Do keep in mind that the additional weight of the onboard EV battery does impact the overall performance of the electric vehicle (EV Kerb weight: 1,564 kg).

The EV has a decent level of standard features and equipment, to include: lane departure warning, lane keep assist, cruise control, rear view camera, eco mode, hands free keycard with keyless entry etc. The electric SUV has been awarded a Five-Star NCAP safety rating. The boot space has been impacted by the placement of the EV battery, nevertheless, the EV offers a cargo volume up to 261 L.

The PHEV tailpipe emissions are low (36 g CO2/km), compared to the conventional combustion engine variant (132g CO2/km). Bottom-line, the Renault Captur plug-in hybrid SUV has much to offer, for those seeking ‘value for money’, in an environmentally-friendly electric vehicle.


 PROS CONS
Perfect for city drivingPerformance will not set the heart racing
Affordable PHEVAlternatives have better electric range
Decent level of standard equipmentSome cheap materials

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The Renault Captur PHEV SUV (credit: Renault)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:SUV (Compact)
Engines:Petrol-Electric
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
Techno (from € 38,020)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 9.8 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger: 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:33 – 36 g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/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)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

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):47 – 50 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (l/100 km):1.5 – 1.6
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger: 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3 hrs)
Top Speed:173 km/h
0-100 km/h: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
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Solar And EV Charging: An Overview


The benefits of renewable energy, in particular, solar and wind energy, is already well established across Europe, and in other parts of the world. With the increase in sales of electric vehicles (EVs) over the past three years, the advantages of using clean and renewable energy has been further enhanced.

Firstly, on-site renewable energy can be used for powering both business premises and homes. For on-site generation, we have witnessed a significant increase in distributed clean energy generating plants i.e. many commercial buildings and residential buildings have become generators i.e. generating electricity on-site!  Solar roof projects have been popular for such on-site generation installations.

The ongoing war in Ukraine has further amplified the need to develop energy security, not only at a national level, but also at a local level, to include, businesses and households. Those households and businesses that already generate and consume clean energy on-site have been spared the significant onslaught of energy price rise in 2022, which is expected to continue in 2023.

Installing solar panels on-site, mitigates the risks associated with energy price inflation, a significant contributor to costs for a business or a household. On-site renewable energy generation also impacts the environment positively. For those with electric vehicles (EVs), in particular, pure electric vehicles, we strongly encourage the use of renewable energy for EV charging. Of course, we also encourage the use of solar energy for charging a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Apart from the significant cost benefit i.e. generating renewable energy is a nominal cost per kWh (after initial set-up/ installation costs), to achieve true zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, renewable energy needs to be used for EV charging. This is also known as ‘well-to-wheel’. Just one electric car on the road can save an average of 1.5 million grams of CO2.

The good news for electric car owners is that a number of EV charging stations are now compatible with solar/ wind generation and battery storage. The UK manufacturer myenergi zappi is a good example of a solar/ wind compatible EV charger.

We encourage business and households to adopt an on-site ecosystem of ‘renewable energy-battery storage-EV charging’, to gain the maximum from the advantages of low carbon generation and zero-emission electric driving. Bottom-line, renewable energy is good for the environment and the wallet!


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Martina Giobbio

Like, many in her generation, Martina is very passionate about protecting the environment and creating a more sustainable future. Though she is new to the electric driving sector, her drive to learn and contribute is unparalleled. Martina has a Bachelor Degree in Italian Humanities and a Master Degree in Communication from the University of Milan. She has previously worked in press offices and a publishing house. She loves writing and reading.

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