All-New Captur E-TECH Plug-in hybrid joins Renault’s growing electrified car range

Groupe Renault
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Renault Captur PHEV
Renault Captur PHEV ©
Nov. 20. 2020
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Boulogne-Billancourt - Renault has introduced an E-TECH plug-in hybrid powertrain into its most popular car in the UK: the Captur. It gives buyers of this best-selling model more choice than ever with a broad choice of engine and powertrain options, with an E-TECH hybrid version also following in 2021.

The Captur is a strong competitor in the UK. Since it went on sale in 2013, is has become the best-selling Renault model in the country with more than 150,000 sales.

Comprehensively redesigned for its second generation, the All-New Captur comes with a range of petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains across several trim levels. This offers crossover buyers an enticing family car with flexible, high-quality interior, strong performance and low running costs.

Further enhancing the appeal of the Captur are its advanced new E-TECH powertrains, introducing plug-in hybrid power to the Renault range for the first time, with a full hybrid joining the range in 2021.

Debuting advanced technology inspired by the Renault DP World F1 team for energy optimisation and brake regeneration, all models fitted with E-TECH technology offer customers strong performance with low running costs, enhancing the driving experience and refinement of Captur models.

Renault’s best-selling model in the UK now features the latest technology to boost performance and efficiency. It comes in three high-specification trim levels: S Edition, Launch Edition and R.S Line.

The electrification of Renault models has been easy thanks to the versatile CMF-B modular architecture that was designed from the start to accept electric capabilities.

The advanced E-TECH powertrain has been created with knowledge gained from the Renault DP World F1 team, inspiring the energy use and recovery systems that are key in ensuring all Renault E-TECH hybrid and E-TECH plug-in hybrid vehicles are as efficient and effective as possible.

Technology that’s found in an E-TECH powertrain can be broken down into two categories; the first is the way in which energy use and recovery can be optimised, while the other is the application of an innovative multi-mode dog gearbox for the first time in a production vehicle.

E-TECH powertrains are designed to use the optimal energy output to recharge the battery whenever the energy created is more than the required power. Then, kinetic energy recovered during deceleration or braking can be transformed into electrical energy to recharge the battery. The electrical energy is then in reserve to assist with acceleration, or for all-electric operation at lower speeds in urban areas, later in a journey.

The E-TECH powertrain architecture is paired with a multi-mode dog gearbox. In operation, it allows the vehicle to start in 100 per cent electric mode, significantly reducing the gap in acceleration during gear changes.

The Captur – using the same modular CMF-B platform as the latest Clio – is manufactured at Renault’s Valladolid facility in Spain. In 2019, the 1,500,000th Captur rolled off the production line ahead of the All-New Captur arriving in showrooms, but the facility has a long history dating back to the 1950s where production of the Renault 4CV began in 1953. Alongside the All-New Captur, the Renault Twizy is also produced at the Valladolid plant.

The Captur E-TECH Plug-in hybrid majors on fuel efficiency and economy. It can run for up to 31 miles on electric power alone which, if charged regularly, is enough for most urban journeys, making it a compelling proposition for those living in urban areas with regular access to charging.

Captur E-TECH Plug-in hybrid retail buyers also receive a free home charging wallbox, so charging is quick and easy at each end of the journey, meaning the E-TECH powertrain can be utilised as effectively as possible. Charging from zero to 100 per cent takes approximately three hours using the wallbox, ideal for use overnight.

Provided by BP Chargemaster, the complimentary wallbox is sleek and unobtrusive with key access for security. Both a domestic charging cable and Type 2 charger cable are provided on all Captur models, with space beneath the boot floor to tidy them away out of sight.

The charging port is located on the right-hand side of the vehicle on the opposite side to the fuel filler flap. An LED indicator light shows the state of charge: blue (charging), green (charged), orange (waiting) and red (no charge).

Charging times, heating and ventilation (while the car is plugged in) can be scheduled via the EASY LINK touchscreen, or via the MY Renault app, giving customers ultimate convenience to schedule charging and check the status of the vehicle from anywhere.