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Vehicle Tax

Pure battery powered electric cars are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). The rules state "the electricity must come from an external source or an electric storage battery not connected to any source of power when the vehicle is moving".

Extended-range Hybrids, Plug in Hybrids and Petrol / Diesel Hybrids vehicle tax is based on their CO2 emission. You can use our Car Running Costs database to see the cost of taxing thousands of cars.

Tax bands for cars registered between 1 March 2001 and 31 March 2017

Band Emissions (g/km of CO2) First year rate Standard rate
A 0 £0 £0
B 1 – 50 £10 £140
C 51 – 75 £25
D 76 – 90 £100
E 91 – 100 £120
F 101 – 110 £140
G 111 – 130 £160
H 131 – 150 £200
I 151 – 170 £500
J 171 – 190 £800
K 191 – 225 £1,200
L 226 – 255 £1,700
M Over 255 £2,000
Cars costing more than £40,000 pay a £310 annual supplement for five years

First tax payment for cars registered from 1 April 2017

CO2 emissions (g/km) Petrol (TC48) and diesel cars (TC49) Alternative fuel cars (TC59)
0 £0 £0
1 – 50 £10 £0
51 – 75 £25 £15
76 – 90 £100 £90
91 – 100 £120 £110
101 – 110 £140 £130
111 – 130 £160 £150
131 – 150 £200 £190
151 – 170 £500 £490
171 – 190 £800 £790
191 – 225 £1,200 £1,190
226 – 255 £1,700 £1,690
Over 255 £2,000 £1,990

Rates for second tax payment onwards

Fuel type Annual payment 6 month payment
Petrol or diesel £140 £77
Electric £0 £0
Alternative £130 £68.25
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