Iowa's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Iowa still support other types of fuels?

  • Iowa is a proud and nationally recognized leader in renewable energy and biodiesel and ethanol production. Our state has made a significant investment in renewable fuel infrastructure. State leaders, local communities, private companies, and utilities are making solid progress in adding electric vehicle infrastructure to our diverse fuel mix.
  • Iowa will remain unwavering in our support for varied fuel resources and associated infrastructure, including ethanol, biodiesel, renewable natural gas and electric.

How many drivers in Iowa use electric vehicles?

  • As of April 2022, there are more than 9,400 electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles registered within Iowa. There is at least one in each county.

Why are electric vehicles important?

  • Electric vehicles are continuing to grow in popularity in the U.S. -- sales of electric vehicles in the country jumped to a record high of more than 200,000 vehicles in the first quarter of 2022. Automakers are building more options and customers are fueling the demand for low- and no-emission vehicles.

Why is this plan being developed?

  • The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is joining other statewide partners in preparing a plan for developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the state highway and interstate system. In addition to building upon guidance from prior transportation and electric vehicle planning efforts, this plan will meet 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act requirements and will allow Iowa DOT to become eligible to receive millions of dollars in federal funds that support electric vehicle infrastructure development in the next five years.

What are the vision and goals that will guide the development of the plan?


How does this plan fit with other efforts?

  • This plan will build from previous statewide efforts, including the Iowa DOT 2022 State Transportation Plan and Iowa EDA’s 2019 report, Charging Forward: Iowa’s Opportunities for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Support. Additionally, the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program is available for all 50 states, and Iowa’s plan will be in alignment with guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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