In todays car market we hear on a daily basis the pros and cons of leasing a hybrid or electric vehicle. Theres the planet to consider after all, burning all these fossil fuels is choking our planet! But lets be selfish and look inwards for a moment. What are the actual real life benefits for you the driver of leasing ‘a green car’? Theres a lot more to consider than just the vehicle its self. Lots of us live in cities, and thats where todays topic of conversation comes in. What are the benefits of city living with a hybrid/ electric vehicle?
We have all recently heard about the governments plans to crack down on vehicle emissions testing, now like a lot of drivers you might not be overly bothered about your vehicle emissions going up slightly, but heres where it could make all the difference.
London, the UKs capital and largest city with over 2.5 million licensed cars on the roads. A sprawling network of roads, bike lanes and walkways, there are a lot of people in not a lot of space. So to tackle this issue of cars, people and city dwellers all colliding the Government introduced the city congestion charge back in 2003. This means that all cars that emit over 75g/km of CO2 have to pay a congestion charge when driving through a certain area of London. With the rise of hybrid/ electric vehicles, there is more reason than ever before for drivers to lease an electric vehicle. You could drive around London’s busiest areas free of charge every day if your car fits under the 75g/km mark.
Where is the congestion zone?
How much is the congestion charge?
Driving in the congestion zone currently incurs a fee of £11.50 daily.
When does the charge apply?
Between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday. Weekends are free!
What happens if I dont pay?
You get fined! A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £130 can be reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.
How can I avoid paying?
Lease an electric vehicle! Below, find our top picks for cars that are exempt from the congestion charge!
Cars free from congestion fees.
We love the GTE. Not only because its congestion charge free, find out why AMG’s director loved it so much he chose to lease one. Click here.
The Audi A3 e-tron is a great choice as your next car lease. It combines style, speed and practicality as well as being exempt from the congestion charge.
The BMW 3 series is a great choice for executive drivers. Those looking for premium brand quality and low emissions need look no further.
The Nissan Leaf is currently in its second generation and has proven to be extremely popular with driver. If you’re looking for a congestion charge free hatchback, consider the Leaf.
So lets say you choose to lease a hybrid vehicle, one of your first questions is likely to be where can you charge your vehicle. Below is a map of all the public charging points in the vicinity of London.
London Charging Points
As you can see there are plenty of charging points both within and outside of the congestion zone area.
Charging points in the UK
As you can see, there is no shortage of charging points in the UK. Meaning should you need to charge you’re hybrid/ electric vehicle during a journey, you’ll never be far away from the next charging point. Not to mention you can get a charging point installed in your home as well.
Take a look in more detail at charging points near you by taking a look at this live Zap-Map.
Fancy leasing a hybrid/ electric vehicle not featured on this list. Take a look at out current hybrid/ electric special offers.
Also feel free to take a look at our list of most popular hybrid vehicles this year.
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