Ampera and more eligible for new Congestion Charge

People that drive cars that emit less than 99g/km CO2 can currently escape the £10 daily charge when driving into the city centre.

But Transport for London (TFL) has announced that figure will be reduced even further from July 2013. It’s expected to fall to 75g/km, meaning that a handful of range-extending hybrids such as the Vauxhall Ampera and electric cars like the Nissan Leaf will be exempt.

In fact, in theory, every electric car ever made should be exempt from the charge thanks to their zero-emissions technology. Other cars that should beat the Congestion Charge include the Renault Twizy and Zoe, the Citroen C-Zero and many more.

It may also lead to a boost for the current European Car of the Year, the Vauxhall Ampera. The Ampera has already proved popular with the public, but its emissions of 27g/km (Voltec E-FLEX (MKA), Electric) make it a worthwhile eco-investment for now and the future.

The Nissan Leaf was named World Car of the Year for 2011, and is one of the most popular electric cars on the market. Not only can it save motorists money on road tax costs and the Congestion Charge, but it’s also cost-effective to maintain.

The lack of petrol significantly cuts running costs, with owners able to charge the car via a standard socket in their home. The Nissan Leaf has a range of 100 miles and a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

A new Nissan Leaf is available from £25,990.

A new Vauxhall Ampera is available from £29,995 with the government’s £5k electric car grant.

Buyers interested in learning more about the cost benefits of electric and hybrid vehicle ownership can contact Perrys dealerships today.

Why not take a look at our electric car special, featuring the Ampera!