A joint venture between several major automakers, including GM, has announced details on a new high-powered EV charging network set to launch this year. The network will be called Ionna, and recently received approval from regulatory agencies. The new company plans to open at least 30,000 new chargers throughout North America, the first of which will open in the U.S. this year, while stations will open in Canada at a later date.
Previously announced last July, the joint venture includes GM and six other major makes – BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis. The charging network will include NACS and CCS connections, and will be located near critical amenities, such as restrooms, food services, and retail operations. The stations will also integrate canopies where possible, as well as offer digital integration for in-vehicle and in-app services. Ionna also aims to power the new charging network using renewable energy.
Ionna announced new company leadership as well, naming Seth Cutler as CEO, effective February 1st. Cutler previously served at EV Connect as Senior Vice President of Technical Operations, as well as President / COO, where he expanded the network of charging station manufacturers, and transitioned the company from a start-up to a scale-up phase. Prior to joining EV Connect, Cutler served as the Chief Engineer at Electrify America, where he helped to orchestrate the development and implementation of the EV charging network. Cutler launched his career at General Electric, where he served as the General Manager of EV infrastructure, as well as other roles.
“I am honored to lead Ionna and work alongside these esteemed automakers in shaping the future of electric mobility,” Cutler said. “Our shared commitment to creating an extensive, high-powered charging network reflects our dedication to revolutionizing the entire EV charging experience and helping to drive widespread EV adoption.”