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Government / Environment

Dubuque Proposes EV Charging Fee

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Car Charging
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Hyundai IONIQ Electric Car Charging

Electric vehicle drivers in Dubuque may have to pay a fee to charge their cars at public charging stations.

The city has proposed a fee of 17 cents per kilowatt hour. Director of Sustainability Gina Bell says it's to cover state taxes on EVs.

"This is not something that's coming from the city of Dubuque, this really is a state level tax that we have to pay, that we're responsible for paying," she said. "We want to encourage people to drive electric vehicles, despite it being discouraging, because of costs and charging costs."

The money will also help pay for the electricity and the ChargePoint app used for the charging stations.

If the Dubuque city council approves the fee, it will go into effect by next week.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.