Here's the deal:
The updated rules don't give electric cars special status with regards to the London congestion charge. Instead, these vehicles are grouped into a low-CO2 vehicle category with all cars that "Produce less than 120g/km CO2 and meet the Euro 4 standard for air pollution emissions OR Produce no more than 120g/km of CO2, and appear on the PowerShift register." All of these cars will be exempt from the charges (rates vary between £8 and £25, depending on vehicle size and CO2 emissions).
Transport for London said that the goal of the Greater London (Central Zone) Congestion Charging is to:
- Encourage drivers within the charging zone to travel in vehicles which produce lower levels of carbon dioxide (CO2)
- Discourage the use of vehicles with high CO2 emissions
- The primary aim of Congestion Charging remains to tackle congestion and encourage drivers to shift from private vehicles to public transport, walking and cycling.