Honda and General Motors have announced their plan to jointly develop a new series of electric vehicles. Through this collaboration, they aim to produce millions of these so-called “affordable” EVs which will be based on a new shared platform that will be utilising GM’s Ultium battery technology.
As the production of these new EVs will only start in 2027, information regarding them are not yet available at the moment. However, the joint announcement did confirm that compact crossover vehicles will definitely be part of the line-up as both companies highlighted that the compact crossover is the largest segment in the world with an annual volume of more than 13 million vehicles.
This is not the first time that these automative giants have worked together in the alternative energy and EV space. Among previous projects that they have worked on is the co-development of a fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies back in 2013. Then in 2018, Honda participated in the development of GM’s EV battery module.
Furthermore, they are already working on two new EVs prior to today’s announcement. One of them is the Honda Prologue which is scheduled to launch in early 2024 and will then be followed by the first Acura fully electric SUV.
Honda and GM have also collaborated on the development of Cruise Origin fully-autonomous vehicle. In a way, today’s announcement seems like a natural progression to the close relationship that both companies have nurtured since years ago.