The ‘Godfather’ of electric vehicles is appointed Chairman of battery pack start up IONETIC

Elle Kiai

5 Apr 2023

IONETIC, the UK start-up specialising in electric vehicle battery pack technology, has today (3 April) appointed Dr. Andy Palmer as its Chairman. 

 Dr. Palmer joins IONETIC at a key stage in its growth, as the business focuses on plans to open its first giga-scale manufacturing facility in the UK. 

Often referred to as the ‘Godfather’ of electric vehicles, Dr Palmer is a leading industry figure who brings over 44 years of experience to the team. As COO and Chief Planning Officer of Nissan, he helped to supercharge mass-market electric car adoption in the UK by overseeing the development and introduction of the Nissan LEAF and Nissan e-NV200. After this, he led the launch of four core models and nine derivative vehicles as President & Group CEO of Aston Martin.

Dr Palmer will draw from his wealth of knowledge and experience to support the business with its aim to give niche vehicle-makers and manufacturers a cost-effective route to electrification.

Dr. Andy Palmer, Chairman of IONETIC, said: “I have witnessed first-hand the need for more cost-effective battery pack solutions that can still meet the performance criteria of automotive OEMs, especially in lower volume. IONETIC is doing just this, and I have great belief that its offering will significantly reduce the challenge and headaches of electrification for OEMs. I look forward to working with James and his brilliant team whilst using my experience to further develop their solution and take the business to the next level.” 

James Eaton, CEO and Co-Founder of IONETIC, said: “IONETIC was founded to support vehicle manufacturers in making the shift to electrification, bringing innovation to the industry to make that transition easier and faster. Andy has demonstrated that same commitment to intelligent innovation throughout his career. His knowledge and experience will be central to advancing our growth and I’m excited to have him as part of the team.” 

IONETIC is a dynamic UK start-up specialising in EV battery pack technology, leveraging its state-of-the-art design platform and in-house production strategy to manufacture highly optimised and cost-effective battery pack solutions.

UK battery pack innovator IONETIC appoints Dr. Andy Palmer as Chairman

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