Major automakers in the United States have banded together to develop a formidable electric vehicle (EV) charging network named Ionna, aimed at rivaling Tesla’s renowned Supercharger network. Modeled after the successful European network Ionity, Ionna promises to revolutionize EV charging infrastructure across the nation.
With seven prominent automakers on board, including BMW, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, and Stellantis, Ionna plans to have an impressive 30,000 charging stations operational by the end of the decade. These stations will utilize either the Combined Charging System (CCS) or Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS), ensuring compatibility with a wide range of EV models.
Spearheading this initiative is Seth Cutler, appointed as CEO of Ionna. Cutler brings valuable experience from his previous roles at EVgo and Electrify America, highlighting the network’s commitment to expertise in the field.
Ionna’s charging stations will be strategically located along highways and in urban areas, with flagship stations boasting amenities akin to airline lounges, including restrooms and refreshments. The network aims to integrate seamlessly with carmakers’ apps and in-car route planning systems, facilitating convenient payment options and enhancing the overall user experience.
This collaborative effort marks a significant shift in the automotive industry’s approach to EV charging infrastructure in North America. Previously, automakers had been hesitant to invest in charging networks, relying instead on third-party providers like Electrify America. However, dissatisfaction with existing options prompted the creation of Ionna, with a focus on reliability, accessibility, and user satisfaction.
As the EV market continues to expand, the development of robust charging infrastructure becomes increasingly crucial. Ionna’s ambitious goals and innovative approach signal a promising step towards a future where charging an electric vehicle is as convenient and reliable as refueling a traditional gas-powered car.