Honda and General Motors to jointly develop EVs

Honda and General Motors to jointly develop EVs

General Motors will work together with Honda to develop two new electric vehicles for the Japanese carmaker, which will go on sale in North America by the 2024 model year and be built at GM’s plants in the region.

This isn’t the first time the companies have collaborated, as both companies have teamed up to develop fuel cell technology as well as the Cruise Origin, an autonomous driving vehicle. Honda also joined GM’s battery module development efforts in 2018 and its V6 engine made its way into the GM-engineered Saturn Vue previously.

In this latest joint development, Honda will provide its input to ensure that the platform used for the two new EVs are engineered to support the brand’s driving character. Additionally, the exteriors and interiors of the cars will be done by Honda for some degree of consistency with the rest of its product line-up.

This announcement comes after GM revealed its new Ultium battery technology and modular EV platform earlier in March, which will be used in the new Honda EVs. The platform is adaptable for various vehicle tyres and allows for front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive, while the Ultium batteries use low-cobalt chemistry, and the cells are stackable, either vertically or horizontally, to optimize energy storage.

The joint agreement promotes an expanded economy of scale, with GM being able to offset battery and platform development costs, and by helping Honda assemble the EVs, it can streamline production. Meanwhile, Honda will be able to quicken the introduction of its own long-distance EVs. This partnership could even be extended further, said Honda.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • So honda will be getting EV parts from General Motors. Means honda are also very lazy to design their engines

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    • So Honda depending on GM for EV tech? Just like Toyota depending on Geely for EV tech? Jepunis now depending on others for EV tech? What did they do, lazy goyang kaki tido, minum sake 8X a day?

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      • I don’t think that toyota will depend much on EV Tech for geely even they discussed about toyota-geely two years ago. But at least, toyota is doing better than honda. Not only honda is very lazy to make their engines, honda are also going to be lazy on making some designing for interiors and exteriors too, unlike toyota. And looks like GM will make their own cars lineup so honda just put logo by rebadging for GM cars like P2

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  • Dettol on Apr 03, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Becomes rebadge honda for all

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  • Rebaging Honda on Apr 03, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Honda almost 80% did nothing. Even, Only interior and exterior for some lineup done by honda. Now I know why honda is getting bad to worst.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Apr 03, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    bad move honda. nobody works with GM successfully.

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