smart cdi and mhd Receive London Congestion Charge Discount

Change to London’s Greener Vehicle Discount now mean the current generations of smart fortwo cdi and mhd (micro hybrid drive) are exempt from paying the London Congestion Charge. The new rules, that apply starting January 4th of next year, qualify all vehicles that emit 100g/km or less of CO2 and that meet the Euro 5 standard for air quality for a 100 per cent discount from the Congestion Charge.

The German manufacturer’s most popular smart models, the cdi diesel and mhd diesel, easily meet the criteria to be eligible for the discount. The 54 hp cdi emits just 86g/km CO2 and the recently revised 71 hp mhd produces 97g/km CO2. Thus, customers that enter the congestion zone at the wheel of such a smart can expect to pay as much as £2,500 ($3,900) less per year.

”smart is one of the most environmentally-compatible cars available and with the whole range emitting below 120g/km CO2, the vast majority of models are actually more efficient than some of the  hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles that already qualified for the 100 per cent discount,” according toGary Savage, Managing Director Mercedes-Benz Cars UK.

Another review will be made in 2012 as to whether Transport for London wishes to lower the threshold for CO2 emissions even further. This is due to the high probability of increased electric vehicle production, such as the forthcoming, zero-emission smart electric drive.

“This development recognizes the importance that smart places on lowering emissions and we are delighted that this total exemption from the London Congestion Charge enhances the already frugal running costs of smart and makes the brand even more attractive for driving in the capital city,” stated the press release that came with the announcement.
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