Electronic cars park free and hybrids get 20% discount in a new scheme to target emissions in the Spanish capital.

This article titled “Madrid’s smart parking meters to charge more for most polluting cars” was written by Ashifa Kassam in Madrid, for The Guardian on Wednesday 30th April 2014 16.12 UTC

The city of Madrid is introducing smart parking meters that will slap a surcharge on cars that pollute more and reduce parking charges for efficient vehicles, a system that city officials are touting as the first of its kind in the world.

Starting on 1 July, the price a motorist pays to park in the city streets will be based on a complex table governed by the engine and the year of the car. Hybrids will pay 20% less to park, while a diesel car made in 2001 will see a 20% mark-up. Electronic cars will park for free.

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