London's Ultra Low Emissions Zone is set to expand from October 25 with many outer London areas now set to be affected. The new updates mean drivers of petrol and diesel cars who do not meet emissions standards will be forced to pay £12.50 per day to use the roads between the North and South Circular.

This will be on top of the existing Congestion Charge fees significantly increasing the cost of driving in the capital.

Julie David, Managing Director of Peugeot UK says electric cars could be the solution to many residents issues.

She said: "Our latest research busts the myth that electric vehicles are only good for shorter trips.

"Fully electric cars cover more miles per week than petrol vehicles.

electric cars may be the 'practical option' for drivers desperate to avoid car tax changes

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electric cars may be the 'practical option' for drivers desperate to avoid car tax changes

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"With the upcoming expansion to London's ULEZ, driving an electric vehicle may become a practical option for even more drivers.

"It is also important to highlight that more drivers use their EVs to get to work and back, showing their real-world capability."

Her comments come after new data from Peugeot shows electric and plug-in hybrid owners travel further distances in the space of a week than petrol or diesel owners.

A survey of 1,800 drivers found electric and plug-in hybrid owners track 109 miles per week compared to just 88 miles for petrol and diesel vehicles.

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Less than a fifth of petrol and diesel owners told Peugeot they drive more than 200 miles in a week.

Peugeot said that despite the findings, range anxiety was still a major concern for road users.

Over one-third of petrol and diesel owners said the range of electric vehicles was the biggest factor preventing them from making the switch.

Over half of owners said costs were another major barrier while 43 percent blamed a lack of electric car charging infrastructure.

Electric cars are exempt from traditional vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and fuel duty taxes as well as Clean Air Zone fees.

Transport for London said electric cars "emit no" nitrogen dioxide or carbon dioxide and would therefore be exempt from fees.

They said: "Electric cars emit no NOx or CO2 from the tailpipe (compared to 120 g/km for the average small petrol car).

"We are working with partners to develop a network of rapid charging points in London to help you charge your vehicle quickly and efficiently."

electric cars may be the 'practical option' for drivers desperate to avoid car tax changes

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London residents who receive some benefits can exchange their petrol or diesel car for cash under the scrappage scheme.

Drivers will be eligible if they receive many of the popular benefits such as Housing Benefit, Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance.

This can then be put towards a brand new electric vehicle or an internal combustion engine car that meets the ULEZ standards.

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