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Electric Cars

We’ve all sniggered at the G-Wizz, but serious mass produced electric cars from the major manufacturers are now being launched. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was the first to launch but expect cheaper and better electric models from Citroen, Mini, Nissan and Vauxhall. To bookmark this page on most internet browsers simply press ctrl and D together and come back regularly to see how the list is growing.

 

How to Qualify

To qualify for exemption from the Congestion Charge, you will have to register with Transport for London (TfL). Details of the application process and forms can be found on the TfL website. To be eligible to register for the alternative fuel vehicle discount, your vehicle must be powered by an alternative fuel, bio fuel or dual fuel and not solely by petrol or diesel. You will also be asked for a Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion certificate to prove that the discount for this type of vehicle is valid. Certificates can be obtained either from the manufacturer, or the organisation which carried out the conversion.

 

2011 Free Congestion Charge Cars

London Congestion Charge legislation changes on 4th January 2011. Introduction of the Greener Vehicle Discount (GVD) will mean that any car that emits less that 100 g/km of CO2 and that meets the Euro 5 standard for air quality if registered with TfL will be exempt from congestion charge, so is FREE to drive in Central London. That equates to a £2950 per annum saving if you drive into London every day for work between the hours of 7am and 6pm plus all these cars are Road Tax Band A so road tax is totally free as well.

Hybrid Cars

Toyota, Lexus and Honda are leading the way in terms of Hybrid technology, with other manufacturers developing mainstream models. The cars below are exempt from the London Congestion Charge and in some cases free from road tax.

Toyota Prius: Congestion Charge Exempt and FREE Road Tax

Avoid the Congestion Charge. Hybrid, electric and alternative fuel cars and vehicles are totally exempt from the London £8 Congestion Charge at present, however this all changes on the 4th January 2011 - click here for more. Hybrids such as the Toyota Prius allied to electric and LPG fuelled cars are therefore currently exempt from the charge levied between 7am and 6pm within the Congestion Charge Zone. For those that commute daily into London that could be a saving of circa £2,000 per annum, by purchasing one of the growing number of alternative fuel cars available.

Go Compare
Manufacturer Model Description Car Type Tax Band First Year Road Tax Road Tax Annual Cost
Lexus CT200h 1.8 SE-I, SE-L Small Family A FREE FREE
Toyota Auris 1.8 VVT-i HSD 89g Small Family FREE FREE
Toyota Auris 1.8 VVT-i HSD 92g Small Family FREE FREE
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-i T3 Small Family FREE FREE
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-i T4, T Spirit Small Family FREE FREE
Honda Insight 1.3 SE Small Family B FREE £10
Honda Insight 1.3 ES, ES-T Small Family FREE £10
Honda Civic Hybrid 1.4 i-VTEC ES, EX Small Family FREE £10
Honda CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Coupe C FREE £20
Lexus RX 450h Various Models 4x4 F £130 £130
Lexus GS 450h SE, SE-L Executive I £300 £210
Lexus LE 600h  Luxury K £540 £295
Manufacturer Model Trim Specification Car Type Fuel
Citroen C3 1.6 HDi 90PS Airdream+ Supermini Diesel
Citroen DS3 1.6 HDi 90PS DStyle 99g Supermini Diesel
Fiat 500C 0.9T Twin Air Open Top Petrol
Lexus CT200h 1.8 SE-I, SE-L, SE-L Premier Small Family Petrol Hybrid
Mitsubishi i MiEV City Car Electric
Nissan Leaf EV Small Family Electric
Seat Ibiza 1.2 TDI 75PS S Ecomotive, SE Ecomotive Supermini Diesel
Seat Ibiza Estate 1.2 TDI 75PS S Ecomotive, SE Ecomotive Estate Diesel
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI 75PS Greenline II Supermini Diesel
Skoda Fabia Estate 1.2 TDI 75PS Greenline II Estate Diesel
Smart fortwo coupé 0.8 cdi Pulse, Passion City Car Diesel
Smart fortwo coupé 1.0 mhd Pulse, Passion City Car Petrol
Smart fortwo cabrio 0.8 cdi Pulse, Passion City Car Diesel
Smart fortwo cabrio 1.0 mhd Pulse, Passion City Car Petrol
Toyota Auris 1.8 VVT-i HSD 89g/km T4 Small Family Petrol Hybrid
Toyota Auris 1.8 VVT-i HSD 93g/km T4, T Spirit Small Family Petrol Hybrid
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-i T3 Small Family Petrol Hybrid
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-i T4, T Spirit Small Family Petrol Hybrid
Volvo S40 1.6D DRIVe ES, SE, SE Lux Start/Stop Family Diesel
Volvo V50
1.6D DRIVe ES, SE, SE Lux Start/Stop Estate Diesel

 

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