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I went to visit my nephew today, at Canada Water, in my BMW i3S Rex. I thought my car would be exempt of the London congestion charge, but my nephew suggested I make sure, by checking on TFL website. I was very disappointed to find its not exempt at all, hardly a surprise these days I suppose, but still very disappointing for an EV vehicle. ?
 

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It's all part of the plan to milk the motorist dry by any means possible. It was introduced as a tax on pollution, but turned out too tempting to impose on everyone. Nice little earner for the Mayor of London. To be fair, who would want to drive in the middle of London anyway? I've done it twice in my life and go out of my way to never do it again if I can!
 

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I went to visit my nephew today, at Canada Water, in my BMW i3S Rex. I thought my car would be exempt of the London congestion charge, but my nephew suggested I make sure, by checking on TFL website. I was very disappointed to find its not exempt at all, hardly a surprise these days I suppose, but still very disappointing for an EV vehicle. ?
I thought EV's were except from the London Congestion/ULEZ if they registered for a costa £10? a year, I registered so I could drive around with impunity until 2021 when I'll be banned.
 

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Yes, I’ve paid the £10 charge in case I need to drive in town. It’s not something you can do last minute though; it took a few weeks to process as far as I recall (which seems somewhat unreasonable given that the very same cameras know my car is electric when it comes to the ULEZ without me having had to apply).
 

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I thought EV's were except from the London Congestion/ULEZ if they registered for a costa £10? a year, I registered so I could drive around with impunity until 2021 when I'll be banned.
AFAIK hybrids, and pretty sure the Rex is counted as a hybrid, are not exempt.
 

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That's a bit thick when the approved taxis are range extenders! And the famous Boris busses are fairly feeble hybrids too.
 

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I just checked my Ampera on the ULEZ checker linked from this page:
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone
and it's ULEZ-exempt. This may change in 2020 for all I know...
I would expect the i3 Rex to be similarly exempt, as it's an even more Rexxy car than the Amp is.
ULEZ is not what you think, my wife drives a Fiat 500 Petrol and that is ULEZ exempt, I registered my Ioniq EV just over a week ago on Saturday and the exemption was agreed on the following Wednesday so 3 working days, they claim 10 days ( I guess working altough they don't specify) when you apply.
 

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WooHoo, my Lexus 450h is exempt, but would I want to drive 350 miles to get to London. I think I’ll wait until Edinburgh starts up their scheme to help pay for the billion dollar tram line and introduce the £400 a year charge for employe car parking.
 

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Be careful. The CC (Congestion Charging) and ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone) have totally different rules!

CC - This only applies Mon to Fri 7am to 6pm. All cars have to pay unless they are eligible for a discount and you register the VRN. There are a number of discounts available, including the Cleaner Vehicle Discount. This states as below, but most people are getting the discount on an Ampera, despite it being Euro 5.
  • Only vehicles that meet euro 6 standards (petrol and diesel), emit no more than 75g/km of Co2 and have a minimum 20 mile zero emission capable range will qualify for the 100% cleaner vehicle discount
ULEZ - This applies 24 hours a day, but it automatically does not apply to vehicles as below.
  • Euro 4 (NOx) for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles
  • Euro 6 (NOx and PM) for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles
 

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ULEZ is shockingly different; my previous car was ULEZ exempt and that was a 16 year old Lupo with a 1.4l engine that had started to pump out black smoke.

I think the CC exemption is for EVs plus cars with very low CO2 emissions, so REX and PHEV probably fine.

My approval did take several weeks to come through but it sounds like that’s not typical.

When I look at my TFL CC account though it says the CC should be paid (even though the car is listed as having the cleaner vehicle discount) and if I add a date it would happily charge me £11.50 even though they’ve had my ten quid and a copy of my V5 showing my car as electric. Not sure what’s going on there. I’ve yet to drive through the CC zone but maybe I need to check things out further before I do!


On edit: or what @proddick posted re REx and hybrids.
 

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WooHoo, my Lexus 450h is exempt, but would I want to drive 350 miles to get to London. I think I’ll wait until Edinburgh starts up their scheme to help pay for the billion dollar tram line and introduce the £400 a year charge for employe car parking.
It is exempt from ULEZ but that is a very low bar, so save the excitement ;) You do have to pay CC, so be careful and don't get a fine :cool:
 

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think the CC exemption is for EVs plus cars with very low CO2 emissions, so REX and PHEV probably fine.
See my post above for actual rule. Note also that this changes in 2021 so only BEVs get the discount, so buying a REX/PHEV now is probably a bad idea as they won't be as popular for London commuting and values may drop.
 

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If every car in London was electric, I'm sure it would be just as congested.;)
And TFL agree, which is why after 2025 there will be no CC discount for BEVs. Until then BEVs pay no CC or ULEZ but must register to get the CC discount. It is still a few years, so buying a BEV makes sense ;)
 

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I went to visit my nephew today, at Canada Water, in my BMW i3S Rex. I thought my car would be exempt of the London congestion charge, but my nephew suggested I make sure, by checking on TFL website. I was very disappointed to find its not exempt at all, hardly a surprise these days I suppose, but still very disappointing for an EV vehicle. ?
As others have implied, your car is eligible for a 100% discount if you register and pay the £10 admin fee. Link below.
Incidentally, Canada Water is outside the CC zone and there are routes there than avoid it.
 

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Paying £10 for the off chance you might drive in is a con. I live in North London, just a few miles away from C zone, I've not registered my Leaf.

I do drive into occasionally, just had to make sure not during C-charge hours. Simple.
 

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Yes, your rather more helpful post snuck in while I was writing mine!

Still a bit mystified by why my account shows my car as having the cleaner car discount but says the CC must be paid!
Mine says same for Zoe and (between the lines) they said it was a crappy web site and it means you would pay if you didn't have the CVD (cleaner vehicle discount) :LOL:
 
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