General Motors and Honda will jointly develop two all-new electric vehicles (EV) for Honda using GM’s highly flexible global EV platform powered by GM’s proprietary Ultium batteries. Honda will be responsible for designing the interior and exterior portions of the new EVs. GM will supply their EV platform to Honda to, according to a joint press release, to support Honda’s driving character.
This joint venture is not a lame attempt at an April Fools joke, either.
HONDA AND GENERAL MOTORS COLLABORATE
The plan continues a long-established technology exchange agreement between General Motors and Honda. The vehicles will utilize the best practices on the part of both companies, with the best of both corporations supplying design and development expertise. The vehicles will be manufactured at GM plants in North America. Sales will begin in 2023 for the 2024 model year and the vehicles are destined for U.S and Canadian markets. Napleton Auto Group currently offers cars, trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles from
GM and Honda have had an ongoing technology exchange relationship for several years. Some of these have included fuel cell development projects and the Cruise Origin Electric Self-driving and shared vehicle introduced in San Francisco earlier this year.
THE STRENGTH OF BOTH COMPANIES
“This collaboration will put together the strength of both companies, while combined scale and manufacturing efficiencies will ultimately provide greater value to customers,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This expanded partnership will unlock economies of scale to accelerate our electrification roadmap and advance our industry-leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Schostek alluded to ongoing discussions between Honda and GM regarding expansion of their partnership.
Doug Parks, the General Motors executive VP of Global Product Development, said, “This agreement builds on our proven relationship with Honda and further validates the technical advancements and capabilities of our Ultium batteries, and our all-new EV platform.”
Parks continued by pointing out, “it is another step on our journey to an all-electric future and delivering a profitable EV business through increased scale and capacity. We have a terrific history of working closely with Honda, and this new collaboration builds on our relationship and like-minded objectives.”
As part of the agreement between the two companies, Honda will incorporate GM’s OnStar safety and security services into the two EVs. They will be seamlessly integrated with the Honda brand’s HondaLink system. Honda will also incorporate GM’s hands-free advanced driver-assistance technology.
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