Honda and GM Expand Ultium Deal to Deliver More (and Cheaper) EVs Beyond 2024
Honda seems happy with its upcoming Acura and Prologue SUVs due in a couple years.
Justin Westbrook for Motor Trend >
Apr 5, 2022
A couple of years ago, Honda and General Motors shacked up to make a couple of new BEVs by 2024, and the deal seems to be going so well the two companies are now expanding their partnership it to include an entire series of new vehicles, built on a new co-developed architecture separate from GM’s Ultium package, but still featuring Ultium batteries.
“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. “This is a key step to deliver 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, we’ll put people all over the world into EVs faster than either company could achieve on its own.”
The original deal had Honda and Acura getting a piece of GM’s Ultium battery and platform technology for two new all-electric SUVs, an Acura SUV and a Honda SUV called the Prologue, expected in 2024. GM’s EVs on this platform can expect up to 400 miles of range, but considering the traditionally reserved input of Honda, we’ll see how they tune the platform and vehicle design for their own tastes.
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