Many motorists still do well in power without an electric motor, but for the automotive industry, it is a necessity to meet emissions targets.
Illustratively, the new Renault Captur, introduced just over a year ago, quickly got electric motors as its power source.
Captur always starts with electricity. Photo: Kari Ylänne
It certainly did not hurt the popularity of the car, for example in the Car of the Year in Finland 2021 competition organized by car and traffic suppliers, as Captur reached the finals in the race.
The sign of the times is also that three of the six finalists are fully electric (Porsche Taycan, Peugeot 2008 and Volkswagen ID.3), two plug-in (in addition to the Captur, the Škoda Octavia) and one “self-charging” (Toyota Yaris).
On January 27, it will be clear how Captur, marketed as Finland's cheapest plug-in hybrid, will do.
The gear selector is located on a “floating” projection between the front seats.
The functions of the touch screen and physical switches are mostly cleverly designed, although the steering wheel heater switch is not located in the most logical place, ie on the steering wheel, but below it in the dashboard. Photo: Kari Ylänne
Renault already has a lot of experience with electrification thanks to the popular Zoe, but how does Captur perform as an electric car when driving on the road?
The compact crossover stands out especially for its two-color, but the size of the high-voltage battery is more or less in line with many other “plugins”.
The position of the car in the navigator is indicated by a car looking like an F1-Renault. Photo: Kari Ylänne
You can follow the driving economy from the touch screen.
You can't blame the car for being very thirsty. Photo: Kari Ylänne
The Captur E-Tech power line consists of a free-breathing 1.6-liter petrol engine, two electric motors and a multi-mode transmission.
The automatic and clutchless transmission has four gears for the internal combustion engine, two for the electric motor and two positions for neutral.
Calculated, the car's transmission has 15 different driving modes.
Quite interesting knop information that the driver doesn't really need to know anything about when driving.
Captur always starts with electricity.
The Pure driving mode can be found in the Multi sense settings of the touch screen, in which case the car tries to move only on electricity if there is enough charge in the battery.
You can also turn on that driving mode more conveniently with the EV key below the touch screen.
The color display of the instrument cluster shows, among other things, the current operating mode of the hybrid system. Photo: Kari Ylänne
With the E-Save option, the driver can reserve energy for future electric driving needs.
In this way, the battery charge level remains at least 40%, so that you can drive without emissions.
Electric driving can go up to 135 km / h, but at its best, a soft electric car is in quiet city and urban driving.
In Sport mode, all three motors work together if there is enough power in the traction battery.
The Sport switches on automatically each time the accelerator pedal is depressed.
In this case, especially at long accelerations, the operation of the powertrain resembles the slightly elastic-like behavior of a stepless CVT transmission.
The action itself is logical all the time without disturbing jerks.
Working in the cab is smooth.
The controls are very accessible. However, the seats could provide more support. Photo: Kari Ylänne
The rear seat moves 16 centimeters longitudinally.
In this way, the boot can be increased to a size of up to 557 liters. Photo: Kari Ylänne
The driving feel combines economy and semi-smooth rolling, as, for example, when the speed slows down in the name of regeneration, the movement does not become completely sticky, even if the gear selector shows a “braking” B position.
The traction battery and the technology required by the entire charging hybrid increase the car's curb weight by about 200 pounds.
Due to the extra weight, a separate suspension is provided on the rear axle.
At least during the test run, the solution seemed successful.
The splinters required for electric driving are positioned so that there is no need to compromise on the interior.
With a total capacity of 9.8 kWh, the traction battery enables about 50 kilometers of electric driving, but despite the preheating, the operating distance is clearly less than 40 kilometers in two plus degrees of weather and mixed urban driving.
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The battery can be fully charged with an electric car charger in three hours or from a home outlet in about five hours.
When the power is turned off, the Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid always works like a hybrid.
The charging cables can be hidden under the boot spacer. Photo: Kari Ylänne
After the test drive, it is easy to note that the multi-skilled Captur E-Tech is a good introduction to electric cars.
Renault Captur E-Tech Plug-In hybrid Intens
Engine R4, 1,598 cm³, 68 kW (92 hp) / 5,600 rpm, 144 Nm / 3,200 rpm and two electric motors 49 kW (67 hp), 205 Nm, system power 117 kW (159 hp)
Battery capacity 8.8 kWh (net)
Performance 0–100 km / h 10.1 s, top speed 175 km / h
Consumption 1.5 l / 100 km 95E
CO2 emissions 33 g / km
Transmission A6, front-wheel drive
Dimensions p 4 227, l 1 797, k 1 567 mm, wheelbase 2 639 mm, unladen weight 1 639 kg, load compartment 397–557– 1 118 l, tank 39 l
Price 29,390 euros
Abundance of equipment and interiors
Eventually a mediocre business trip with electricity