Full general Motors and Honda have agreed to co-develop a series of electric vehicles (EVs), outset with a focus on affordable compact crossovers, the companies have announced. Production is expected to begin in 2027.
In a articulation annunciation, the companies said they await to produce “millions” of EVs each twelvemonth, based on GM’s next-generation Ultium platform. They chosen the compact crossover segment the largest in the world, with annual sales of more than xiii million vehicles.
The agreement will make apply of the two companies’ technology, blueprint and sourcing strategies, the annunciation said. “The companies volition likewise work toward standardizing equipment and processes to accomplish world-class quality, college throughput and greater affordability,” it said.
While the companies declined to provide whatever pricing details, Doug Parks, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, said the new EVs would be less expensive than the upcoming Chevrolet Equinox EV, which will launch in 2023 at a sticker cost of around $30,000.
“Our collaboration with Honda and the continuing evolution of Ultium are the foundation of this project, utilizing our global calibration to enable a lower cost foundation for this new series of EVs for millions of customers,” Parks said.
Both companies told Repairer Driven News that it’due south also presently to talk almost how repair procedures will exist developed and introduced to both OEMs’ repair networks. “That said, this is a co-development project and part of the collaboration is effectually manufacturing best practices, so there are natural synergies that should aid drive repair procedures,” James Cain, a spokesman for GM, said.
In their declaration, GM and Honda said they would focus on driving down the cost of building EVs by exploring battery technology opportunities.
Both companies said the collaboration is a primal to their future plans, with GM planning to eliminate tailpipe emissions by 2035, and Honda aiming to sell nothing but nada-emission vehicles in North America past 2040.
“GM and Honda will share our best technology, design and manufacturing strategies to deliver affordable and desirable EVs on a global calibration, including our key markets in Northward America, Due south America and China,” said Mary Barra, GM chair and CEO. “This is a key stride to evangelize on our commitment to achieve carbon neutrality in our global products and operations by 2040 and eliminate tailpipe emissions from light duty vehicles in the U.S. by 2035. By working together, nosotros’ll put people all over the world into EVs faster than either company could reach on its ain.”
“Honda is committed to reaching our goal of carbon neutrality on a global ground by 2050, which requires driving down the cost of electrical vehicles to make EV ownership possible for the greatest number of customers,” Toshihiro Mibe, Honda president & CEO, said. “Honda and GM volition build on our successful technology collaboration to help achieve a dramatic expansion in the sales of electrical vehicles.”
The two companies played up their complementary EV research. GM noted that it is working on new technologies like lithium-metallic, silicon, and solid-state batteries, as well as production methods to improve the industry of battery cells. For its part, Honda is working on solid-land battery technology, which it sees as “the core element of future EVs.”
The collaboration builds on the 2 companies’ co-development of the Honda Prologue SUV, an EV that is expected to launch in 2024. That vehicle, and its Acura counterpart, volition utilize GM’s BEV3 electrical vehicle architecture and Ultium battery management organization.
Honda has set an initial annual sales target of 70,000 units for the Prologue. It will be the OEM’south first BEV.
It has not been appear how the new line of vehicles co-developed with GM will fit into Honda’south lineup among the other EVs the company currently has under development, Rick Schostek, executive vice president for corporate services for American Honda, said in a statement.
“What I can tell you is that our offerings will align with our customers’ and dealers’ expectations in North America and other markets where they will be introduced. And we will align it with the models nosotros are creating based on our ain east: Architecture,” he said.
GM rolls out new EVs with Ultium Platform, touts it as foundation for ‘all-electrical future’
Featured paradigm: The Ultium platform is the foundation of GM’southward EV strategy, including the battery cells, modules and pack, plus drive units containing electric motors and integrated power electronics. A next-generation version of Ultium will underpin a new lines of vehicles to exist co-adult by GM and Honda. (Provided by GM)