Nissan has announced a new promotion of £500 off the LEAF in the UK (when taken with 3.99% APR Representative PCP/lease) for all those who currently own a traditional hybrid car to make the switch to a plug.
Beginning on June 25th, the Ultra-Low Emissions Discount (ULED) in the UK will require petrol vehicle owners pay a Congestion Charge in London of £11.50 daily - or up to £2,898 a year - for cars that emit more than 75g/km of CO2..
As part of the initial changes under the program, older/grandfathered hybrid models (which emit 75g to 100g/km) had been exempt from charges until June 24th of this year. Nissan calls what happens from this point with fuel sippers, the "hybrid hangover". Taking advantage of that, Nissan intends to add further incentive to these hybrid owners to switch to all-electric, and also avoid the future charges as required by the program.
Moving below 75 g/km of CO2 should be a big factor that favors EV sales going forward..
"With the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emissions Discount (ULED), replacing both the Greener Vehicle Discount and Electric Vehicle Discount on 1 July 2013, drivers of vehicles emitting between 75g and 100g/km were given a ‘Sunset period’ until 24 June 2016 to continue driving into the Congestion Charge zone for free. From 25th June, all vehicles emitting more than 75g/km CO2 must pay the daily charge of £11.50 – or up to £2,898 a year. Only ultra-low emission cars or vans with CO2 emissions of 75g/km or less that meet Euro 5 standard qualify for the ULED. At 0g/km CO2, Nissan’s full LEAF range is eligible for the 100% discount.
Under this new offer, the Nissan LEAF 24kWh Acenta is currently offered on a 2 or 3 year PCP deal with 3.99% APR Representative. The recently-introduced LEAF 30kWh, with up to 155-miles of range on a single charge, is also available on PCP.
The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling EV in the UK with its size, comfort and performance all well-suited to urban environments. In addition to its zero emission benefits, the Nissan LEAF also offers running costs four times cheaper than that of a conventional combustion engine and up to 40 percent savings in maintenance costs."
Edward Jones, EV Manager, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd said:
“When the Congestion Charge zone was introduced in 2009, hybrid vehicles were considered the ‘green’ option for getting into central London for free each day.
At the end of June though, many of those drivers will be waking up to a bit of a ‘hybrid hangover’, facing ongoing costs of almost £3,000 a year to drive those same cars into the Congestion Charge zone.”
“Just like Transport for London, and the government, Nissan believes all-electric vehicles are a better mode of personal transport for urban environments. They’re quieter, don’t produce harmful emissions and you can even enjoy free charging and free parking in some parts of the Capital, all whilst saving £1000s a year in running costs when compared to early hybrid models.”