Honda has provided more information on the battery electric vehicles that General Motors will build on behalf of the Japanese automaker, confirming the EVs will utilize GM Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive electric motors.
Dave Gardner, executive vice president of national operations at American Honda, told Automotive News this week that GM will build it two EVs for the 2024 model year, with one to be sold under the mass-market Honda brand and the other falling under the premium Acura umbrella. Both vehicles will use GM Ultium lithium-ion batteries and GM Ultium Drive electric motors, “but everything above the platform will be uniquely Honda and uniquely Acura,” Gardner said, indicating the crossovers will not utilize a GM platform or other GM parts bin components.
A previous report indicated GM would build one the Honda EV at its Ramos Arizpe Assembly plant in Mexico, while the Acura offering will be produced at its Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee. GM is also investing $2 billion into Spring Hill in order to prepare it to produce its own electric vehicles, starting with the Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover next year. Not surprisingly, the Cadillac Lyriq and the unnamed future Acura EV are expected to have a similar footprint and overall size.
GM and Honda formed a new North American strategic alliance last year, which will allow the two companies to collaborate in several areas of business, including with regard to purchasing, research and development and connected services like GM OnStar. The automakers said the alliance will also see them “collaborate on a variety of segments in North America, intending to share common vehicle platforms, including both electrified and internal combustion propulsion systems that align with the vehicle platforms.”
More information on the EV crossovers that GM is building on behalf of Honda should become available as their 2024 arrival approaches.