It will be recalled that seven car makers, desperately hoping to somehow not be completely dependent upon Tesla’s supercharging network, announced (blog article) on July 26, 2023 that Real Soon Now they would provide 30000 high-speed EV chargers across North America.
Now on February 9, 2024, a first big step has been taken toward the installation of the 30000 high-speed EV chargers.
This first big step is … wait for it … the seven car makers have selected a name for the system.
I am not making this up. That is the first big step that just happened.
Oh, and a second big step has also happened. The second big step is … wait for it … the EV charging system has been given a web site.
I am not making this up. Press releases have been circulated, and it is all over the news, that the network of 30000 high-speed EV chargers has a name and now has a web site.
The web site is https://www.ionna.com/ and the name of the system is Ionna. Just so that you need not get your hopes up unduly, I will mention that the web site is content-free. It contains essentially no information.
As a reminder, the seven car makers who announced this project on July 26, 2023 are BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis.
Oh and this entity has filed some trademark applications:
Now I know what you are thinking. What you are thinking is, you wonder how many of the 30000 charging stations have been placed into service by now, with six months having passed. Maybe a thousand? Five thousand? Maybe all 30000 stations are already in service?
The answer is … wait for it … none.
According to press releases and the Ionna web site, the company thinks it will get its first high-speed charging station into service … “in 2024”. Yes, some time in the next ten months, maybe the first Ionna high-speed charging station will be in service.