Honda and General Motors Announce New EV Partnership
Honda and General Motors (GM) plan to expand their existing business relationship through a series of affordable Electric Vehicles. They will be based on a new global architecture using next-generation Ultium battery technology.
Most of the current Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the road today are in the luxury vehicle price range. This partnership will drive down the cost of producing EVs and make EVs more affordable for customers. Mass global production of EVs is planned to start in 2027. This will include compact crossover vehicles that leverage both GM and Honda’s technology, design, and sourcing strategies.
GM and Honda will also discuss future EV battery technology collaboration opportunities. These are further driving down the cost of electrification, improving performance and impacting driving sustainabilty. GM already works to accelerate new technologies like lithium-metal, silicon and solid-state batteries. These will be created through the use of adaptable production methods. Honda sees progress on its all-solid-state battery technology as the future of EVs.
“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 the greatest number of customers,”
said Toshihiro Mibe, Honda president & CEO.
“Honda and GM will build on our successful technology collaboration to help achieve a dramatic expansion in the sales of electric vehicles.”
Honda and General Motors Collaboration
This partnership is in line with Honda’s commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050 and eliminate all tailpipe emissions from light vehicles in North America by 2035. GM also shares this goal and is aiming to achieve it by 2040.
This partnership is likely a sign of things to come with Honda and GM. The Japanese carmaker owns a stake in GM's Cruise self-driving car subsidiary and the carmakers are co-developing the Cruise Origin autonomous EV.
(Cruise Origin Autonomous EV for ridesharing concept via theverge.com)
The companies also have a joint venture to develop and produce hydrogen fuel-cell systems at a plant in Brownstown, Michigan. Honda and GM first teamed up close to a decade ago in 2013 while working on a next-generation fuel cell system.