Iowa is enacting their plan to add additional tax for electric vehicles. This includes registration fees for EVs and adding tax for charging an EV. Charging will be taxed every kilowatt per hour for non-residential use. This plan is being used to make up for lost revenue from gas taxes. This plan is being enacted by the Iowa Department of Transportation and the taxes are going towards maintenance of roads, bridges, etc.
Iowa DOT is using the kilowatt per hour tax to ensure out of state travelers are still contributing to the roads. Especially for fleet vehicles like commercial trucks that frequently use major roads and highways. More companies are switching to electric fleets for their businesses. Companies like Amazon and Pepsi Co have made goals and dedicated funds towards implementing electric fleets.
One issue that is still being worked out is EV charging stations at multi-family dwellings. In some complexes, the charging stations are open to the public and not kept for private use among residents. Legislators are still deciding if the tax is going to apply to these charging stations or not. States and local communities are trying to find ways to keep a scheduling fee that will work for both the community and EV drivers.
The United States Department of Transportation is undergoing a program to install EV infrastructure along all the highways and major interstates in all 50 states as part of the federal governments goals to improve EV charging availability.
Click here to read the full article, originally published February 2, 2023, by Route-Fifty.