Average Cost and Emission Savings

Find out how much you could save by switching to a low or zero emission vehicle.

As well as improving air quality and helping to combat climate change, choosing a low or zero emission vehicle can also save you money. Whilst the upfront costs may currently be slightly more than for a petrol or diesel vehicle, the running costs of these newer technologies are lower. This helps owners make significant annual savings and means that over time the total cost of owning a low or zero emission vehicle (including purchase price) is often cheaper. 

Check below for the typical annual costs and emissions for different types of vehicle. The tables compare equivalent vehicles – one with a Euro 5 diesel engine, one with a Euro 6 diesel engine, and the most relevant low or zero emission alternative. 

Private Hire Vehicles

A taxi driver travelling 75 miles per day would save £1,376 each year in fuel and taxes with an electric hatchback compared to an equivalent Euro 6 diesel hatchback. From 2020 cars will have to be at least Euro 6 diesel (or Euro 4 petrol) in order to be registered as a new private hire taxi in Birmingham.
Euro 6 Car Electric Car
CAZ Charges £0 £0
Fuel Costs £2,074 £838
VED Costs £140 £0
Total Annual Costs £2,214 £838
Total cost saving
compared to Euro 6
- £1,376
Tailpipe NOx Emissions 22 kg 0 kg
Tailpipe CO2 Emissions 4,092 kg 0 kg
Euro 6 Taxi Electric Taxi
CAZ Charges £0 £0
Fuel Costs £5,018 £1,475
VED Costs £140 £0
Total Annual Costs £5,158 £1,475
Total cost saving
compared to Euro 6
- £3,683
Tailpipe NOx Emissions 28 kg 0 kg
Tailpipe CO2 Emissions 9,900 kg 833 kg

Hackney Carriage

A Hackney carriage driver travelling 75 miles per day would save £3,683 each year in fuel and taxes with an electric taxi compared to an equivalent Euro 6 diesel taxi. From 2020 Hackney carriages will have to be at least Euro 6 in order to be registered as a new taxi in Birmingham.

Vans

A van driver (with a small to medium size van) working and entering the CAZ 5 days a week and travelling 65 miles per day would save £4,210 each year in fuel, taxes and CAZ charges with an electric van compared to a diesel van that pays to enter the CAZ.
Euro 5 Van Euro 6 Van Electric Van
CAZ Charges £1,920 £0 £0
Fuel Costs £2,674 £2,493 £524
VED Costs £140 £140 £0
Total Annual Costs £4,734 £2,633 £524
Total cost saving compared to Euro 5 - £2,101 £4,210
Tailpipe NOx Emissions 41 kg 33 kg 0 kg
Tailpipe CO2 Emissions 5,276 kg 4,919 kg 0 kg
Euro 5 Truck Euro 6 Truck Gas Truck Biomethane Truck
CAZ Charges £12,000 £0 £0 £0
Fuel Costs £49,976 £48,711 £23,034 £23,034
VED Costs £165 £165 £165 £165
Total Annual Costs £62,141 £48,876 £23,199 £23,199
Total cost saving compared to Euro 5 - £13,265 £38,942 £38,942
Tailpipe NOx Emissions 938 kg 202 kg 202 kg 202 kg
Tailpipe CO2 Emissions 125,867 kg 122,681 kg 97,587 kg 97,587 kg
Well-to-wheel CO2 Emissions* 155,051 kg 151,864 kg 124,529 kg 24,298 kg
*Well-to-wheel emissions values include emissions released when producing and transporting the fuel as well as those released at the vehicle exhaust..

HGVs

A truck driver (with 4x2 artic) working and entering the CAZ 5 days a week and travelling 350 miles per day would save around £39k each year in fuel, taxes and CAZ charges with a natural gas or biomethane truck compared to a diesel truck that pays to enter the CAZ.

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