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Popularity for Electric and Hybrid cars predicted to increase due to congestion charge

Would an eco car suit you?

Since February 2003, if a passenger is travelling into London early morning or evening they have been subjected to a congestion charge. This charge was introduced by mayor of London, Ken Livinstone, in order to reduce the congestion in and out of London during peak times. Also, it’s proven to have been a key concept in raising revenue for City public transport of London.

Initially the concept was exempt to vehicles that emerged very little carbon dioxide (CO2) in comparison to the majority. This stood for cars that produced less than 100 grams per kilometre (g/km) of C02. Although, since technology has improved and there has been more eco vehicles introduced, such as hybrid and electric, there has been a reduction in the amount of C02 that’s exempt from the charge. It now stands at 75g/km, which in reality no conventional car engine can match.

It’s important to look at all specifications of a hybrid car if you are thinking of purchasing one. This should be especially noted if you are doing so to avoid the congestion charge. The trim level you choose is paramount, and the CO2 level emissions will be printed in the logbook.

Renault ZOE Hatchback

Regardless of only being able to travel 100 miles on a single charge, the Renault ZOE has introduced a new, quirky and practical EV to roads. The comfortable hatchback is conventionally designed and blends into traffic by being quiet and practical. For individuals who want a longer range the brand also make alternative battery options, which enables a choice dependent on how long you are likely to travel. You can either buy the batteries or sign up to a monthly lease which costs in the range of £60. The monthly option allows you to receive a new set of batteries, if not able to be charged to at least 75%.

Audi A3 hatchback

At around £15,000 more expensive than the cheapest A3, the e-tron plug-in has proven to be very popular. Due to its ability to be charged at home and in work, significant amounts of fuel will be saved, ultimately creating a significant amount of money to be saved. The model comes with various different and more modern technologies, along with the obvious benefit of it being electric. The A3 e-tron will enable you to save a significant amount if you are travelling into central London.

BMW i3 hatchback

BMW are renowned for their fun and modern driving experiences. The i3 is considered a more affordable model for buyers, mostly due to the motorcycle engine. The engine charges the car’s batteries, which enables the car to drive for 195 miles on one charge. The i3 is one of the few models totally exempt from the London Congestion Charge.

Nissan Leaf Hatchback

Roughly the same size as a Vauxhall Astra, the Nissan Leaf is a modernised family car. The eco friendly leaf model should still be travelling comfortably after 120 miles before needing to be charged. Or if you do travel longer than this on average the 30kWh version can travel up to 155 miles on a single charge. The leaf has been reported to be very reliable due to the quick acceleration and five-star Euro NCAP rating.

Tesla Model S hatchback

Considering the S model is the second of Telsa, the brand has proven itself to be one of quality and performance. Starting at £60,000 this model is said to be one of the most impressive to have ever been manufactured. The optional rear-facing children’s seats at the rear of the car ads an element of uniqueness in comparison to other cars on the market. In addition to this the ‘Supercharger’ stations are only available to Telsa users, which can charge batteries to full in 20 minutes, significantly lower charge time than other models featured on this list.

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