Vauxhall’s Ampera will be one of just a few special cars to qualify for exemption from the TfL Congestion Charge after 1 July 2013 – saving up to £12 per day1.
That’s when the new Ultra Low Emissions Discount (ULED) is introduced – letting new cars and vans with CO2 emissions of 75g/km, or less, register for 100% exemption (on payment of a £10 fee). This replaces the Greener Vehicle Discount which offers similar benefits for cars emitting up to 100g/km. Drivers with vehicles registered for this discount by 28 June 2013 will continue to be exempt until 24 June 2016, with no need to re-register or pay an annual renewal.
With emissions of just 27g/km2, Ampera is very comfortably under the new limit of 75g/km. This means that Ampera drivers can join an elite club of around ten cars that can travel in London’s CC zone without charge. However, most of the other vehicles are conventional electric cars with a limited range. By contrast, Ampera offers a range of up to 360 miles3 before re-charging or re-fuelling the on-board generator. Sub 100g/km cars registered after 28 June 2013, will no longer qualify for exemption from the London Congestion Charge. These include:
Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir
Volvo V40 D2
Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet 95
Fiat Panda 0.9 TwinAir
Fiat Punto 0.9 TwinAir
Fiat Punto 1.3 Multijet 85
Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic
Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi
Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi
Ford Fiesta 1.0
Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi Blue
Hyundai i20 1.4 CRDi Blue
Lexus CT 200h 1.8 Hybrid
Lexus IS 300h
Peugeot 107 1.0
Peugeot 208 1.4 e-HDi EGC
Peugeot 208 1.6 e-HDi EGC
Peugeot 208 1.4 HDi
Peugeot 208 1.0 VTi
Peugeot 308 1.6 e-HDi 112
Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90 ECO
Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90
Renault Clio 0.9 TCE 90 ECO
Renault Megane 1.5 dCi 110
SEAT MII 1.0 Ecomotive
SEAT Ibiza 1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive
SMART Fortwo Coupe 0.8 Cdi (54)
SMART Fortwo Coupe 0.9 Mhd (71)
SMART Fortwo Cabriolet 0.8 Cdi (54)
Toyota Yaris 1.0 VVT-i
Toyota Auris 1.8 VVTi Hybrid
Toyota Auris 1.4 D-4D
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVTi Hybrid
Toyota Prius+ 1.8 VVTi Hybrid
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CDTi 16v (95PS) ecoFLEX Start/Stop
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CDTi 16v (75PS) ecoFLEX Start/Stop
Vauxhall New Astra 1.7CDTi 16v (110PS) ecoFLEX Start/Stop
Vauxhall New Astra 1.7CDTi 16v (130PS) ecoFLEX Start/Stop
Volkswagen Up 1.0 BlueMotion Tech
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion
Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI
As BusinessCar Green Model of the Year 2013, Ampera is not just about lowering costs – it’s about raising expectations in its sector with a high-performance driving experience.
Try it for yourself on a FREE 3 Day Test Drive (London driving has never been so reasonable…).
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1 = The charge is £12 if paid by midnight on the charging day after travel, or £10 if paid in advance or on the day of travel. Those who register for the Congestion Charging Auto Pay scheme pay £9 per day.
2 = Official Government Test Environmental Data. Fuel consumption figures mpg (litres/100km) and CO2 emissions (g/km). Model shown Vauxhall Ampera Positiv: Urban: N/A. Extra-Urban: N/A. Combined/weighted: 235.4mpg (1.2). CO2 emissions: 27g/km. The “Combined/weighted” fuel consumption/CO2 figures for Ampera are calculated from two test results: one with the battery fully charged and the other when the battery is discharged. The two test results are a weighted average, taking into account mileage range on battery power only, providing a representative figure in a variety of charge conditions. Extended range is achieved by 1.4 litre 16-valve VVT ECOTEC® petrol engine generating electricity.
3 = Cumulated range from battery electric and range extender operation, based on the respective official Combined consumption figures according to regulation R (EC) No.715/2007 (in the version respectively applicable). The figures for fuel consumption, electrical consumption, range and CO2 emissions do not relate to a specific vehicle and are not part of an offer. They are provided only for the purpose of comparison between different vehicle variants. Additional equipment may increase the weight of the vehicle when empty, which may lead to a reduction in top speed and increased acceleration time. The published performance figures assume a 75kg driver plus 125kg load.
4 = 2013-14 to 2015-16 tax years. 7% in 2016-17 tax year. General Motors UK Limited does not offer tax advice and recommends that all Company Car Drivers consult their accountant with their particular tax position.
5 = Vauxhall £335 (inc. VAT) Home Charging Top-up Allowance equivalent to the 25% funding gap on domestic home charging installations. The Government will fund 75%, up to £1,000 towards a home chargepoint installation. For more information on the Government grant visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-chargepoint-grant-guidance-for-chargepoint-suppliers
6 = Lifetime Warranty covers lifetime ownership of first car owner, 100,000 mile limit, (eight-year 100,000 mile warranty on the Ampera battery subject to the warranty conditions as outlined in the Vauxhall Ampera service booklet). Annual check required. The warranty excludes wear and tear and serviceable items and the vehicle must be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s servicing schedule to continue the lifetime warranty. Terms and conditions apply. Offer available to all Vauxhall passenger cars, (this offer does not apply to car-derived vans) registered from 1 August 2010.