Legislation surrounding the London Congestion Charge has been tightened, bringing the exemption threshold for exemption down from 100g/km to 75g/km. That means that low-emitting models like the Toyota Prius, Smart ForTwo and Fiat 500 TwinAir are no longer free but full-electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and plug-in hybrids such as the Vauxhall Ampera, still are.
Following the new legislation, Nissan decided to emphasise its advantage with a well thought-out marketing stunt. It paraded a skip filled with previously expempt cars, bearing the slogan "Skip the Congestion Charge", around the capital.
Nissan claims the Leaf could cover up to 500 miles – more than four complete circuits of the M25 – for the price of a single day’s congestion charge. What’s more, London now has the largest on-street charging network anywhere in Europe, with over 1,300 charging points, making ownership of an electric car a more viable option.
Other cars that are still congestion charge exempt include a host of Renault models, including the ZOE, Fluence, Kangoo Z.E and Twizy. Options from other manufactures are also available and comprise of vehicles such as the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Vauxhall Ampera, and Chevrolet Volt, while the upcoming Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid is also set to be exempt.