The City of Iowa City is announcing a rebate program to help offer the costs of installing level 2 vehicle charging at apartment and condominium buildings for shared use by their residents.

Program outline and Eligibility

Building owners and managers wishing to provide electric vehicle charging to their residents may apply for a 50/50 match of installation costs (labor and materials) up to $1,000. If an electrical panel upgrade is required, a rebate of up to $2,500 is offered. 

The application form can be found on the City’s website.

Applicants must be a landlord, property manager, or authorized HOA representative. Eligible properties must be at least a fourplex apartment building or condominium. Installation must be completed by a licensed electrician.

This rebate provides funding for installation costs, including labor and materials, and can be paired with the rebate on level 2, dual-port EV charging equipment offered by MidAmerican Energy. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of that program in conjunction with the City’s rebate, and can learn more about the MidAmerican rebate program on the utility website.

As part of the rebate program, the City will also provide educational materials related to electric vehicles and charging practices for tenants/residents at participating properties.

Climate Action – reaching goals through the electrification of transportation

In 2017, Council adopted the Iowa City Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, and in 2019, declared a Climate Crisis, calling on staff to accelerate action addressing the crisis and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Council adopted new targets of a 45% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and of reaching “net-zero” by 2050.

Transportation accounts for 22% of community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, according to the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The Iowa City Climate and Adaptation Plan calls for increasing community-wide adoption of electric and alternative fuel vehicles.

For more information, contact Daniel Bissell at

Date of publication

Wednesday, March 02, 2022