Electric Car Hire (no congestion charges)
What our Electric car hire customers say…
I hired one of the new Mercedes B class Electric cars and was extremely satisfied with the car and the entire experience. The car was ideal for the mainly London based driving I had been looking to do, you do have to charge the car around every 80 miles or so however this is extremely straightforward and can be done at home using a normal plug outlet, or alternatively one of the many free charging stations doted around London (I used an app called Plugshare to locate my nearest one). This relatively small hassle was more than made up for given the savings I made with the Congestion charge exemption and the fact that I never had to set foot in a petrol station. The service I received at King’s Cross was superb – especially for a busy Saturday morning – and the saving I made was immense with the equivalent model costing roughly double per day at the other rental companies.
Karim, Kings Cross Branch
Electric Car Hire at London King’s Cross
Here at our King’s Cross branch in London, we want to avoid these charges for our customers and our vehicles. By using this technology we can avoid more than just the congestion charge; we are lowering our emissions, minimalising our carbon footprint, eliminating fuel and reducing pollution.
“Cars or vans (not exceeding 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight) which emit 75g/km or less of CO2 and that meet the Euro 5 standard for air quality qualify for a 100% discount on the Congestion Charge. You also qualify if the vehicle is registered with the DVLA and has a fuel type of ‘electric’ or alternatively, if your vehicle is a ‘plug-in hybrid’ and is on the Government’s list of PHEVs eligible for the OLEV grant.“ Transport for London © 2015
Things you need to know
How will the congestion charge affect me if i’m only renting the vehicle?
When you drive through Central London, you’ll have to pay the Congestion Charge whether you’re in a hire car or your own vehicle. As we are based within the congestion zone, a charge will be applied to your hire price that will be shown to you at the point of pick-up.
How much will it cost overall?
The current charge set by Transport for London is £11.50 per day and you will see it on your bill as ‘congestion charge’. You won’t need to sign up or register your details with Transport for London separately as you are covered under our vehicle licence.
Can I appeal it?
If you’ve got a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), you can either pay it or challenge it. The sooner you pay, the cheaper it is. There is no charge on weekends, public holidays, between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day inclusive, or between 18:00 and 07:00 on weekdays. If you are unsure about whether or not you are liable please contact us or visit the link below.
For more information on charges and non-payment click here.
Where does the congestion areas start and begin?
Directional signs and/or road markings show which routes take you into the charging zone and which don’t. You will often see red C road markings close to the entry of the zone. On the main approach roads two types of sign show hours of operation and some also show how much you have to pay.
You can find out more about low emission vehicles on the Go Ultra Low website.
We don’t charge anything for fuel on our smart-tech cars
as they can run 100 miles on their internal power alone.