The upcoming electric crossover model from Honda, which will use General Motors’ Ultium battery pack design, may be called the Honda Prologue.
In April, Honda filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to reserve the ‘Prologue’ name for use on “land vehicles, name automobiles, battery electric vehicles, and structural parts for the foregoing.” It now seems as though this name may be used on the automaker’s first U.S.-bound electric crossover, which was previously confirmed to use GM’s Ultium battery pack design and Ultium Drive family of electric motors.
American Honda announced last March that it had entered a tech-sharing partnership with GM that would allow it to tap the automaker’s Ultium battery and motor technology for two future electric crossover models, one of which would fall under the Honda brand and the other falling under the Acura luxury brand. A separate report published this year indicated the Acura EV would be built alongside the Cadillac Lyriq at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee, while the Honda model would be produced at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico. GM said in April that it would invest more than $1 billion USD in its Ramos Arizpe plant to re-tool the sprawling assembly plant to produce EVs.
Dave Gardner, executive vice president of national operations at American Honda, said earlier this year that while the new electric crossover models will utilize GM battery and motor technology, “everything above the platform will be uniquely Honda and uniquely Acura.” This would suggest the Honda Prologue crossover would not utilize a GM platform or other GM parts bin components and would only rely on GM components for the battery and powertrain.
GM and Honda have a history of collaborating on clean vehicle technology, which began with a partnership to jointly develop next-generation hydrogen fuel cell technology back in 2013. Honda is also a major backer in GM’s Cruise autonomous vehicle subsidiary and plans to eventually deploy autonomous Cruise vehicles on public roads in Japan. The automakerjoined GM’s battery cell development efforts in 2018, as well, and has been working closely with the Detroit-based automaker to accelerate the development of its Ultium battery technology.
The Honda Prologue EV and the unnamed Acura EV are expected to arrive for the 2024 model year.