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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

GM, Honda To Collaborate On New Global EV Platform


Honda and General Motors are expanding their relationship when it comes to electric vehicles. The two carmakers have agreed to co-develop a series of affordable EVs based on a new global architecture using GM’s next-generation Ultium battery technology.

The companies are working together to start global production by 2027, and plans include a new compact crossover. The partnership will also extend to leveraging their technology, design, and even component sourcing. The standardized equipment and processes is expected to help them achieve world-class quality.

GM and Honda will also discuss future EV battery technology collaboration opportunities, to further drive down the cost of electrification, improve performance and drive sustainability for future vehicles.

GM is already working to accelerate new technologies like lithium-metal, silicon and solid-state batteries, along with production methods that can quickly be used to improve and update battery cell manufacturing processes. Meanwhile, Honda is making progress on its all-solid-state battery technology which the company sees as the core element of future EVs. Honda has established a demonstration line in Japan for all-solid-state batteries and is making further progress toward mass-production.

GM and Honda have developed a close working relationship over many years, including several projects in recent years focused on electric and autonomous vehicle technologies. In 2013, the two companies began working together on the co-development of a next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies. In 2018, Honda joined GM’s EV battery module development efforts. In 2020, GM and Honda announced plans to co-develop two EVs, including the Honda Prologue, to be launched in early 2024, soon followed by Acura’s first EV SUV. Further, the companies have an ongoing relationship with Cruise and are working together on the development of the Cruise Origin, one of the first purpose-built fully autonomous vehicles designed for driverless ride-hail and delivery.

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