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March 4, 2022

Sony And Honda To Collaborate On Electric Vehicles

Sony and Honda are exploring the possibility of forming a strategic alliance that will have the two Japanese companies possibly collaborate on technology culminating in the possibility of developing, manufacturing, and selling a battery electric vehicle.

The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines their intent to establish a joint venture. Negotiations will proceed with the goal of establishing a new company within 2022.

This alliance aims to bring together Honda’s mobility development capabilities, vehicle body manufacturing technology and after-sales service management experience cultivated over many years, with Sony’s expertise in the development and application of imaging, sensing, telecommunication, network, and entertainment technologies.

Sales of the first EV model from the new company are expected to start in 2025. They are expected to plan, design, develop, and sell the EVs, but not own and operate manufacturing facilities, so Honda is expected to be responsible for manufacturing the first EV model at its vehicle manufacturing plant. It is expected that a mobility service platform will be developed by Sony and made available for the joint-venture.

Early this year, Sony showed off the Vision-S 02 at the Consumer Electronics Show.

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