Average Cost and Emission savings

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

As well as improving air quality and helping to combat climate change, choosing a low emission vehicle (LEV) can also save you money. While the upfront costs of a LEV 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 LEV (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 (where appropriate), one with a Euro 6 diesel engine, and the most relevant low emission alternative.

Private Hire Vehicles

A taxi driver travelling 75 miles per day would save £1,065 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 £1,763 £838
Ved Costs £140 £0
Total Annual Costs £1,093 £838
Total cost saving
compared to Euro 6
- £1,065
Tailpipe NO2 Emissions 22 kg 0 kg
Tailpipe CO2 Emissions 4,144 kg 0 kg
Euro 6 Taxi Electric Taxi
CAZ Charges £0 £0
Fuel Costs £4,267 £1,417
Ved Costs £140 £0
Total Annual Costs £4,407 £1,417
Total cost saving
compared to Euro 6
- £2,990
Tailpipe NOx Emissions 28 kg 0 kg
Tailpipe CO2 Emissions 10,025 kg 830 kg

Hackney Carriage

A Hackney carriage driver travelling 75 miles per day would save £2,290 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 £3,352 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 £2,274 £2,120 £982
Ved Costs £140 £140 £0
Total Annual Costs £4,334 £2,260 £982
Total cost saving compared to Euro 5 - £2,074 £3,352
Tailpipe NO2 Emissions 41 kg 33 kg 0 kg
Tailpipe CO2 Emissions 5,343 kg 4,981 kg 0 kg
Euro V Truck Euro VI Truck Euro VI Gas Truck Euro VI Biomethane Truck
CAZ Charges £12,000 £0 £0 £0
Fuel Costs £54,246 £52,872 £27,764 £27,764
Ved Costs £165 £165 £165 £165
Total Annual Costs £66,411 £53,037 £27,929 £27,929
Total cost saving compared to Euro 5 - £13,373 £38,482 £38,482
Tailpipe NO2 Emissions 938 kg 202 kg 202 kg 202 kg
Tailpipe CO2 Emissions 127,460 kg 124,233 kg 109,273 kg 102,913 kg
Well-to-wheel CO2 Emissions* 145,373 kg 142,146 kg 116,560 kg 22,743 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 31t vehicle) working and entering the CAZ 5 days a week and travelling 350 miles per day would save £38,482 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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