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USA: Iowa DOT jumps costs for electric car

CEDAR RAPIDS — The cost of owning an all-electric car may get higher, but it will have nothing to do with the cost of the electricity used to charge its battery.

The Iowa Department of Transportation will ask the Iowa Legislature to change the registration for all electric vehicles from a flat fee to the same formula for determining the registration cost for other vehicles, said Elizabeth Baird, the DOT’s legislative lobbyist.

Since 1927, owners of all-electric vehicles have paid an annual registration fee of $25.

“It’s amazing that it’s been there that long,” Baird said. “I think back then there might have been some people who were creating home-designed and manufactured electric vehicles.”

The issue hasn’t received much attention “because there were not very many of these vehicles out there,” she said.

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