GM and Honda to Partner on More EVs

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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gm and honda to partner on more evs

Readers with long memories will recall General Motors and Honda shacked up back in the ‘90s for product sharing when the Big H found itself sans SUV and The General wanted a minivan for its Isuzu showrooms. Toss in an engine program which saw Honda V6 power under the hood of a Saturn Vue (of all things) and there’s no shortage of history between these two major marques.

That relationship now continues into the EV age. The companies have announced they will co-develop “affordable EVs” aimed at popular segments of our market. What’s the timeline? Don’t hold your breath – unless you can do so for about five years.

GM and Honda say they are working together to enable the global production of “millions” of EVs starting in 2027. Given market tastes, this effort will obviously include compact crossover vehicles leveraging the technology and design prowess of these two companies – not to mention their sourcing strategies. You can bet there will be a standardization of equipment and processes but don’t expect a simple rebadge job like the Isuzu Oasis and original Honda Passport.

Efforts like this are usually undertaken to try and drive down costs. With electrification lurking around every corner, OEMs are finding some strange bedfellows to help navigate this era in which the manner in which our cars are propelled is changing rapidly. GM has sunk untold riches into its Ultium platform, so it’ll be interesting to see if it freely shares that particular basket of toys. For its part, Honda is said to be making strides in its solid-state battery technology. Top brass sees this tech as a core element of its future EVs, going so far as to establish a demonstration line in Japan for all-solid-state batteries. This is assisting in marching the technology toward mass production.

“GM and Honda will share our best technology, design and manufacturing strategies to deliver affordable and desirable EVs on a global scale, including our key markets in North America, South America and China,” said Mary Barra, GM chair and CEO. On the other side of the table, Toshihiro Mibe, Honda president & CEO, said “Honda and GM will build on our successful technology collaboration to help achieve a dramatic expansion in the sales of electric vehicles.”

Honda and GM have been working on battery collabs since 2018. We’ll take this opportunity to remind all hands that Honda’s first all-electric crossover, called the Prologue, will be the first of two EVs built by General Motors for Honda Motor Company (an Acura-branded variant will follow). Ultium battery tech was mentioned above, and one will find those gubbins in the Prologue and its snazzy sister. The rigs are promised for the 2024 calendar year.

[Image: GM/Honda]

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  • Ol Shel Ol Shel on Apr 06, 2022

    Seems like a model that current and past Hyundai/Kia/Isuzu/Suzuki/Daewoo/Mitsubishi owners might want. I just can't see VW, Toyota, Honda, or Mazda owners being attracted to it.

  • Skeeter44 Skeeter44 on Apr 10, 2022

    It's not an attractive car but it's a bargain with those specs at that price and with that warranty.

  • Ernesto Perez There's a line in the movie Armageddon where Bruce Willis says " is this the best idea NASA came up with?". Don't quote me. I'm asking is this the best idea NY came up with? What's next? Charging pedestrians to walk in certain parts of the city? Every year the price for everything gets more expensive and most of the services we pay for gets worse. Obviously more money is not the solution. What we need are better ideas, strategies and inventions. You want to charge drivers in the city - then put tolls on the free bridges like the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. There's always a better way or product. It's just the idiots on top think they know best.
  • Carsofchaos The bike lanes aren't even close to carrying "more than the car lanes replaced". You clearly don't drive in Midtown Manhattan on a daily like I do.
  • Carsofchaos The problem with congestion, dear friends, is not the cars per se. I drive into the city daily and the problem is this:Your average street in the area used to be 4 lanes. Now it is a bus lane, a bike lane (now you're down to two lanes), then you have delivery trucks double parking, along with the Uber and Lyft drivers also double parking. So your 4 lane avenue is now a 1.5 lane avenue. Do you now see the problem? Congestion pricing will fix none of these things....what it WILL do is fund persion plans.
  • FreedMike Many F150s I encounter are autonomously driven...and by that I mean they're driving themselves because the dips**ts at the wheel are paying attention to everything else but the road.
  • Tassos A "small car", TIM????????????This is the GLE. Have you even ever SEEN the huge thing at a dealer's??? NOT even the GLC,and Merc has TWO classes even SMALLER than the C (The A and the B, you guessed it? You must be a GENIUS!).THe E is a "MIDSIZED" crossover, NOT A SMALL ONE BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION, oh CLUELESS one.I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE NONSENSE you post here every god damned day.And I BET you will never even CORRECT your NONSENSE, much less APOLOGIZE for your cluelessness and unprofessionalism.