Introduced in 2003, the London Congestion Charge has done a terrific job of reducing traffic in the capital and improving air-quality. Motorists are reluctant to pay the standard £11.50 to access Central London by car in the week so they look for alternative methods of transportation.
However, if your car emits less than 75g/km of CO2 then you are able to avoid the Congestion Charge. If you want to avoid the charge but still access London by car, these are the vehicles to do it in.
Volvo XC90 T8
The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine hybrid emits just 49g/km and has an all-electric range of 28 miles. The large and spacious SUV is perfect for city driving and is well suited to families.
The Renault Zoe is an all-electric supermini which is well suited to navigating London’s streets. It is one of the most affordable electric cars on the market but still has a sleek design and plenty of great tech inside. It has a range of 100 miles so it is ideal for those living in and around the capital.
The car that started the hybrid movement and still one of the best available on the market, the Toyota Prius is a fantastic car for avoiding the Congestion Charge. It emits just 70g/km and the 1.8litre petrol engine with the electric motor can return 94.1mpg. It is also a very well built automobile with a reliable driving experience.
Many critics label the BMW i3 as the best electric car available right now. It has a bold contemporary design, beautiful interior, relaxing driving experience and terrific efficiency. This makes it incredibly cheap to run and the electric-only range can cover 195 miles.
This attractive, sporty and affordable vehicle from the French manufacturer is a popular choice as a city car thanks to its fuel efficiency. It is the most efficient non-hybrid car on the market and its responsive handling will handle the capital’s streets with ease.
A funky all-electric that has a range of 124 miles and can even be charged at home, the Nissan Leaf is proving to be a huge hit with both critics and the public. It is a great combination of eye catching design, high-quality driving experience and practicality.
The London Congestion Charge has done great things for the capital and encouraged more and more motorists to go green. Any of the above would help you to go green and avoid the Charge.