Following its launch in July 2023, IONNA, a joint venture to build a high-powered EV charging network across North America, has received the necessary approval from regulatory authorities to commence operations.

The JV is comprised of seven global automakers – BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis. Together, these OEMs have appointed Seth Cutler as the Chief Executive Officer and are aiming to develop an accessible, reliable, high-powered charging network with plans to deploy at least 30,000 chargers.

IONNA’s charging network will be accessible to all EVs equipped with NACS or CCS connectors and aims to provide a seamless, vehicle-integrated charging experience. While charging, customers will be able to access various amenities, such as restrooms, food service, and retail operations (nearby or within the same complex), digital integration and canopies. The network’s functions and services will also be integrated with in-vehicle and in-app experiences from participating automakers, including reservations, intelligent route planning and navigation, payment applications, transparent energy management, and more.

IONNA expects that its charging stations will be powered by renewable energy and is looking to establish a minimum of 30,000 high-powered charging stations strategically positioned throughout North America. The JV likewise anticipates that it will open its first charging stations in the United States in 2024, with plans to expand into Canada at a later stage. Each site will feature multiple high-powered chargers to facilitate long-distance journeys, aligning with the sustainability strategies of the automakers backing IONNA.