Fully Charged Insights
Electric bikes and the ULEZ Expansion: TFL Scrappage Scheme
Words By Henry Hayes
What does the Ultra Low Emission Zone Expansion entail?
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expanded from the congestion zone to the north and south circular in October 2021 and is due to expand to include all London boroughs from August 2023. This means that all vehicles must be Euro 6 or better and any non-compliant vehicle will be charged a daily fee. It is now better than ever to start looking into an electric bike.
What is the Mayor of London’s TFL Scrappage Scheme?
The Mayor is offering a ’Scrappage scheme’ whereby residents can scrap their non-compliant vehicle and receive a grant (£1000 - £5000) depending on the vehicle type ahead of the ULEZ. The scheme launches on Monday 30th January.
As an official partner of the Scrappage scheme, we at Fully Charged electric bike shop have been working with TFL and the Mayor’s office, with the support of our suppliers, to create a number of exclusive offers for electric commuter bikes, folding electric bikes, hybrid electric bikes, family electric cargo bikes and ebikes for business, to support the initiative.
For a full list of available offers, visit www.fullycharged.com/tfl-scrappage
Why is the Mayor of London and TFL taking such huge action with the Scrappage Scheme?
Transportation is the most polluting sector in the United Kingdom. In 2019, the equivalent of 122 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MtCO2e) was produced by transportation - roughly 27 percent of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions that year. With toxic air leading to around 40,000 deaths in the UK and 9,000 deaths in London each year, and at an estimated annual cost of £20bn to the UK economy, addressing this head-on with alternative methods of transport needs to be a massive priority.
A report by the Active Travel Academy and the University of Westminster suggests that electric cargo bikes cut emissions by 90% compared with diesel vans, and by a third compared with electric vans and that, if cargo bikes replaced just 10% of the miles currently traveled by delivery trucks in London, they could cut more than 133,000 metric tonnes of CO2 and 190,000 kilograms of nitrogen oxide pollution a year!
How does the Scrappage Scheme work for you?
Working with its industry-leading suppliers, Fully Charged have put together a number of offers to help incentivise Londoners make the move to electric bikes, from free consultations and test rides, to discounted products and services.
For a full list of available offers, visit www.fullycharged.com/tfl-scrappage.
Considering how you move around has a direct impact on your environment. By thinking about how you commute to work, how you travel during your free time, how you do the school drop-off and pick-up, or how your business delivers its goods and services can have a hugely positive impact on your health and that of the others around you. We are here to ensure that electric bikes can be a viable option as an alternative.