It might not have the biggest battery but Renault has managed to stretch its range to an impressive 30 miles. If you drive carefully it means you could do the average British commute without having to use the petrol engine at all. It would also allow you to drive into a zero emission zone in a city on electric only power, after using the petrol motor on the way in to the area.
The Captur’s 9.8kWh battery is neatly stashed under the rear seats, keeping the centre of gravity low and also ensuring that the Captur’s practicality isn’t compromised. It’s made by Korean company LG and Renault is confident that it won’t experience any of the supply shortage problems which are proving a bottle neck for some electric car makers.
Charging the Captur from zero to 100 per cent takes approximately three to four hours using a wallbox, which is supplied for free to owners and fitted by bp pulse. It only accepts a feed at 3.6kW though, which is slower than most other PHEV and EVs in this price range.
Both a domestic charging cable and Type 2 charger cable are provided with the car and there’s a space beneath the boot floor to tidy them away out of sight. The charging port is located on the right-hand side of the car on the opposite side to the fuel filler flap.