100% electric Renault – London Congestion Charge Exempt

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Renault will boast the largest range of electric vehicles exempt from paying London’s revised Congestion Charge, which changes today. In fact, by running one of its four 100% electric vehicles, users could be better off to the tune of £2,500 per year, given the new system (*based on £10 per weekday charge).

A new Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) will replace the existing Greener Vehicle Discount and Electric Vehicle Discount as it comes into effect from today, 1st July 2013.

The move ensures that only the greenest zero and ultra-low emission vehicles driving into the capital will not have to pay the £10 per day charge, meaning that even formerly eligible vehicles such as some well-known hybrids, small capacity petrol and diesel-engined vehicles, will no longer qualify. It’s estimated that more than 20,000 drivers who were previously well within the guidelines, will now have to pay, unless they alter their means of transport.

Renault has four vehicles all packed with Va Va Voom qualifying for the exemption, starting with the jazzy urban two-seater Twizy and rising up through the innovative range to the 100% electric supermini ZOE, family saloon Fluence Z.E. and commercial favourite Kangoo Van Z.E. The latter will shortly be joined by potentially one of the most striking vans in the English capital, the new Twizy Cargo.

To qualify for the discount, vehicles will have to emit 75g/km or less of CO2 and meet the Euro 5 emission standard for air quality.

This means all petrol and diesel cars, plus most hybrids, will no longer qualify for an exemption after a “sunset period” of three years, introduced to soften the blow of those customers already registered for the discount under the old scheme.

Renault has an option to suit everyone. Supermini ZOE is stylish, affordable and incredibly versatile. It’s the flagship model of the French brand’s four-strong 100 per cent electric vehicle line-up, priced the same as a diesel- engined alternative, from under £14,000, designed from the ground up as a plug-in.

Other changes to London’s scheme, which first came into effect in February 2003, include the removal of the option to pay the charge in shops and an increase in the level of penalty charge from £120 to £130.

Visit www.tfl.gov.uk for more information on the congestion charge.