General Motors Partners with Honda for Future Electric VehiclesApr 22nd, 2020
In a surprise move, General Motors has announced that they will be working together with Honda to produce future electric vehicles. For now it does seem to be a one sided partnership though as there will only be two vehicles under development and they will both bear Honda badges. “We are in discussions with one another regarding the possibility of further extending our partnership.” said executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Rick Schostek.
The new Honda EVs will utilize GM’s also recently announced BEV3 modular EV platform which uses new Ultimum batteries. The new batteries will range in size from 50 to 200 kWh and can support power outputs of up to 1,000 hp with up to 640 km of range. It is very doubtful that the new Honda models will be any sort of sports cars with a 4-figure power output but rather a sedan & SUV of some sort.
The use of GM’s technology will not be limited to just the platform but also some software. OnStar will be integrated with Honda’s HondaLink system as will a variation of Cadillac’s SuperCruise hands-free advanced driver assist system.
Honda has not had a particularly smooth ride when it comes to the electric revolution. Currently the company does not offer any fully-electric vehicle and while they did offer a fully electric version of the Honda Clarity, it was discontinued in 2019 due to poor demand. This deal will help Honda bring a new electric vehicle to market at a relatively low cost for the company.
Barring no delays, expect to see the new Honda/GM vehicles in 2024.
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