The distance a Jazz can cover on battery electric power alone could be measured in feet rather than miles. As the battery is tiny, it is only really designed to help the car creep along in traffic and give a power boost when moving away from a standstill. Fill up the 40-litre tank with petrol and it should – in theory – take you more than 550 miles. Those sort of figures are the stuff of dreams for electric car owners, but bear in mind that tank will cost about £45.
The Jazz’s tiny battery is just 0.86kWh is size, compared to 52kWh in a pure-electric Renault Zoe. It’s fit for purpose though, which is just to push the Jazz along in traffic and give a boost when moving off from a standstill.
It’s safely tucked under the rear seats and doesn’t eat into the boot or passenger room.
The good news is that you don’t have to worry about charging the Jazz, except for perhaps changing you driving style to maximise the amount of energy you can harness when braking. Otherwise the car will do it all automatically, working out the best times for the engine to squirrel away some excess power into the battery for use later. Just remember you are burning petrol to create that power though.