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Congestion Charge electric Cars

Car Charging Socket / June 11, 2021

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 can check the CO2 emissions of your car on the V5C registration document. Any car registered as new with the DVLA on or after 1 January 2011 is deemed to meet the Euro 5 standard.

Some cars registered before this date will also meet the Euro 5 standard. Vans should be registered as new on or after 1 January 2012 to meet the Euro 5 standard.

You also qualify if your vehicle is registered with the DVLA and has a fuel type of 'electric' (you can check this on the V5C registration document the DVLA sent you), or alternatively, if your vehicle is a 'plug-in hybrid' and has been approved as an ultra-low emission vehicle by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. You can find more information at the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles website.

Those driving or considering purchasing a new or current vehicle model can check its CO2 emissions (g/km) and Euro Standard with the franchised dealer or the vehicle manufacturer of the car to ensure that it meets the discount criteria. Alternatively, emissions information is available on the VCA website.

If your vehicle is a 'plug-in hybrid' you will need to supply a conformity certificate as part of your application.

You can apply for a discount online, but you'll need to supply certain documents to show you're entitled to the discount.

Documents you need to provide?

You will need to upload images or send photocopies of the following documents to apply for the discount:


  • V5C vehicle registration certificate (logbook) issued by the DVLA

Non-UK registered

  • The vehicle registration document issued by your vehicle licensing agency

The document must clearly show that the vehicle:

  • Meets the Euro 5 emission standard
  • Emits less than or equal to 75g/km of CO2


  • Is registered as fuel type 'electric'

Petrol hybrid vehicles only

You must also submit a photocopy of the conformity certificate as provided by the vehicle dealership.

You can upload images of these documents as part of your online application, or you can send copies by post or email later on.


You have to pay £10 to register each vehicle for the discount. This will need to be renewed every year.

Renewing your ULED

We will notify you when your discount is due to expire. You will be able to renew your discount online once you have received this notification.