General Motors and Honda just announced a joint agreement to develop two new all-electric Honda models. The new Honda EVs will utilize GM’s recently revealed global EV platform, also known as BEV3, as well as GM’s latest Ultium battery technology.
Both the latest GM BEV3 platform and the Ultium battery tech are sought for their scale and capacity in building the new Honda products. The new vehicles will be manufactured at General Motors’ North American production facilities.
Honda will also incorporate OnStar safety and security services, integrating the GM system with its own HondaLink connectivity suite. Additionally, Honda says it plans to make GM’s hands-free advanced driver-assist technology available on the new EVs.
Meanwhile, Honda will develop its own interior and exterior designs for the new EV products. The new GM-based Honda EVs will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada for the 2024 model year.
General Motors and Honda have history when it comes to technology development, including collaboration on the Cruise Origin autonomous taxi, fuel cell technology, and battery module development efforts.
“This collaboration will put together the strength of both companies, while combined scale and manufacturing efficiencies will ultimately provide greater value to customers,” said executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Rick Schostek. “This expanded partnership will unlock economies of scale to accelerate our electrification roadmap and advance our industry-leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
“We are in discussions with one another regarding the possibility of further extending our partnership,” Schostek added.
As we covered previously, General Motors recently unveiled its latest all-electric vehicle technology at the GM EV Day event, providing details on both the BEV3 platform and the new Ultium batteries, not to mention some of the General Motors vehicles slated to use the tech. GM is also working to develop the new BT1 EV pickup platform, which will provide the bones for the upcoming GMC Hummer EV.