American carmaker, General Motors, has been called upon by Japanese automaker, Honda, to assist in the development of the next-generation Honda electric vehicles that will be powered by GM’s Ultium batteries.
Here comes another partnership between two car manufacturers to develop electric vehicles. This time it's Japanese carmaker Honda and the American giant GM. In an official announcement, Honda and GM have agreed to jointly develop two completely new EVs for Honda, and they will be based on GM’s modular global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries.
While the new EVs will be powered by GM technology, the architecture and design will be done completely by Honda to meet customer expectations. However, the manufacturing and production of these new products will take place at GM plants in North America. As of now, Honda has said that these new EVs will go on sale in 2024 and only in the US and Canadian markets, where the EVs are becoming incredibly popular.
Honda has also announced that these new products will feature GM's OnStar safety and security services and will seamlessly integrate the EVs with Honda's in-car connectivity and smartphone app HondaLink. This new agreement will also see Honda assisting GM in the development of its hands-free advanced driver-assist technology.
It's important to mention that this is not the first time that these two companies have joined hands together. The Japanese and American manufacturers have worked together successfully in the past, and they have already collaborated on multiple projects for many years now, including fuel cell technology and autonomous driving technology. Honda was also part of GM's battery module development efforts in 2018.
'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.'