This is not really a “news” but more of an update, because GM and Honda had announced their EV partnership two years ago. The original plan included introducing two electric SUVs—one with a Honda badge and the other with an Acura badge—starting in 2024. So what’s the update?
Well, the joint statement said that the companies are working together to produce “millions of EVs” starting in 2027, including compact crossover vehicles, leveraging the two companies’ technology, design and sourcing strategies. In simpler terms, the first co-developed series-production model is expected to go on sale in 2027 starting in North America.
Both companies have already talked about using GM’s Ultium batteries for the upcoming EVs, and there’s no change in that plan. However, both companies also want to discuss subjects like future EV battery technology, bringing the electrification costs further down, improving performance, and of course, sustainability.
The joint statement also added that GM is already working on solid-state batteries, along with production methods that can quickly be used to improve and update battery cell manufacturing processes. Honda is apparently making progress on its solid-state battery technology which the company sees as the core element of future EVs. The Japanese giant has apparently established a demonstration line in its home country for such batteries and is making further progress toward mass production.
“GM and Honda will share our best technology, design and manufacturing strategies to deliver affordable and desirable EVs on a global scale, including our key markets in North America, South America and China,” said Mary Barra, GM Chair & CEO. “This is a key step to deliver on our commitment to achieve carbon neutrality in our global products and operations by 2040 and eliminate tailpipe emissions from light-duty vehicles in the U.S. by 2035. By working together, we’ll put people all over the world into EVs faster than either company could achieve on its own,” added Barra.
“Honda is committed to reaching our goal of carbon neutrality on a global basis by 2050, which requires driving down the cost of electric vehicles to make EV ownership possible for a great number of customers,” said Toshihiro Mibe, Honda President & CEO.
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