London congestion charges no barrier for Toyota Prius

April 2003
Management Services;Apr2003, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p5
Academic Journal
The Toyota Prius automobile is exempt from the £5 daily charge, which was levied on vehicles entering the center of the capital from February 17, 2003. The potential saving for drivers is £1,250 a year. The four-door saloon is a hybrid vehicle, using a combination of a conventional 1.5 liter petrol engine and a 33 kilowatt electric motor. The green quality, which qualifies the Prius for exemption from the London congestion charges, is just one of the benefits of owning the car. Petrol consumption on the combined open road cycle is 57.6 miles per gallon (mpg), while in urban conditions, where conventional petrol-engined vehicles return poor figures, the Prius can achieve 61.4 mpg. Furthermore, anyone buying a Prius can take advantage of the £1,000 grant towards the £16,400 on the road price.


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