Would you drive an electric car in London if it saved you money?

Electric car in London - London Congestion Charge

Are you one of many employees making a gradual return back to work in London? If so, you will have recently been stung by the London Congestion Charge (LCC). Commuting into London can be expensive as it is, so why should you have to pay additional fees on top of this. If you were offered a way of dodging these fees would you do it? Find out how you can gain exemption as well as how EVision can help you.

What is the London Congestion Charge?

For those who are unaware, the London Congestion Charge was set up on 17th February 2003. It was introduced to decrease the amount of congestion that certain parts of London suffered. Alongside the congestion, the air emissions are still at a worryingly high level. The aim of the LCC is to defer commuters from driving in, and to use public transport or car share instead. 

For those commuters who have already made the return back to the office, they will know that the congestion charge has changed since pre-lockdown, and not in a good way either!

The decision was made to place any London Congestion Charges on hold during the pandemic lockdown. Whilst public transport including buses and the London Underground were closed to prevent the spread of the virus, commuters were encouraged to travel in safely by car.

When businesses began safely trading again as government guidelines were eased, Transport for London (TfL) reinstated the charge for drivers on 18th May 2020. The zone would normally be in operation from 7am – 6pm on weekdays. As of 22nd June 2020, anyone driving through between the hours of 7am – 10pm will be charged the increased congestion fee of £15. This will now also include weekends!

With the increase in fees, is now the right time to switch and drive an electric car in London?

Check out our latest EVision video where we take a look at the London Congestion Charge in detail.

London Congestion Charge

Can I avoid paying the London Congestion Charge?

In short, yes you can! We aren’t talking about completely skipping out on paying the fee either. With an aim to make London’s transport network zero carbon by 2050, driving an electric car in London is a highly recommended way of improving the air quality. 

Currently there are three types of vehicles that are exempt from the congestion charge:

  • Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. These vehicles produce hydrogen to power the vehicle via a fuel cell.
  • Plug-in hybrids. These vehicles are manufactured to have a standard petrol or diesel engine, as well as having a small battery in order to be charged up.
  • 100% pure electric vehicles.

Which areas are affected?

The London Congestion Charge covers the area within the London Inner Ring Road. This includes the West end, as well as the City of London, two areas that can get increasingly busy.

Anyone living within the affected areas will receive a 90% discount for residents, however applications for new residents will be closed from 1st August 2020. If you’ve recently moved to an area within the London Congestion Zone, then it’s bad news for you unfortunately!

From 25th October 2021, the congestion charge will also see another change come into effect. Only battery electric vehicles will be eligible to travel through the congestion zone without being charged. Why wait till then when you can make the change now? 

As government guidelines state to avoid public transport where possible, and the large increase in the congestion charge, it can be an impossible choice for some commuters. Luckily for you, EVision is here to help. We can ensure you travel to work safely and for a fraction of the cost.

Vehicles available at EVision

Here at EVision, we have over 300 pure electric vehicles. If you’re looking to drive an electric car in London and other surrounding areas, we will have a car to suit you. Our head office is based just outside of London in Strood, Kent, so should a customer require delivery we are more than happy to drop the car off at a requested location. 

On the EVision fleet we have:

Tesla Model S Tesla's at Tesla Supercharger

The classic Tesla Model S is a very popular choice for any commuter in London. If you’re making the commute you may as well travel in style. With a range of Model Ss to choose from, we are sure there is one to suit your needs.

Tesla Model X 

Travel in ultimate style and sophistication when you drive a Tesla Model X. There’s no missing this EV when it’s out and about on the road. With falcon style doors, making an entrance is no problem whether you’re commuting to work or simply enjoying the sites in and around London. 

Tesla Model 3

The latest Tesla to join the EVision fleet is the Tesla Model 3. The affordable choice of Tesla for most commuters. Our customers can’t get enough of this model due to its simplistic design and latest technology. With a standard and long range available, get your hire booked before they are unavailable.

Renault ZOEElectric car in London - BMW i3 and Renault ZOE

With two models to choose from the Renault ZOE Dynamique or the new i Play 110, you’ll be in for a surprise when you find out the capabilities of the car. After winning the Small Car of the Year award from What Car? for 7 years running, you’ll be wanting to experience it for yourself.

BMW i3

Hire the BMW i3 by the day, week, month or even the year. When you choose the BMW i3 you’ll be amazed by the spacious interior and unique design. If you opt for the 2020 model, the BMW i3 120Ah, we will guarantee that you will be the first to drive our latest models, after they were recently delivered. 

Jaguar I-Pace

If you’re looking to drive the perfect electric car in London, then look no further than the Jaguar I-Pace

Kia e-NiroElectric car in London - Kia e-Niro

The Kia e-Niro is a hidden gem in the EV world. With an exceptional amount of space  and an average range of 250 miles you could easily have multiple commuters in the car. Only members of the same household of course! The Kia e-Niro also won the 2019 What Car? Car of the Year, and we can certainly see why, can’t you?

Vauxhall Corsa-e

The newest addition to the EVision fleet is the brand new Vauxhall Corsa-e. After one drive, you’ll have fallen in love with the car, just as we have! The Corsa will provide up to 200 miles on a fall charge, allowing you to get in and out of London without even having to worry about charging.  

Peugeot e-208Peugeot e-208 - EVision

When the new electric vehicle from Peugeot is delivered, be the very first to hire a Peugeot e-208 from EVision. The Peugeot e-208 will make the perfect city car for any commuter. With its distinctive style and 17” aerodynamic aluminum wheels, you’ll be able to travel comfortably wherever you go. 

Why choose EVision?

When you choose to hire an electric vehicle from EVision you will also benefit from the following perks:

  • Free charging point provided for all hires over 12 months
  • 10,000 miles per annum for long term rentals. For any hires under 12 months, 150 miles per day is allowed
  • FREE EV Care including full maintenance and service costs, as well as tyre wear
  • Free supercharging for all Teslas
  • Account customers benefit from paying no deposit

If you’re keen to cut your costs and emissions, view all of our cars available today. Book via our website or give us a call on 01634 914063 to book your hire.

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