GM and Honda team up to develop new Honda electric vehicles

General Motors and Honda will jointly develop two new electric vehicles for Honda, based on a GM platform. This announcement was made on April 2 despite the coronavirus crisis.

Honda will develop unique exterior and interior designs to fit their customers’ needs and taste.

These new vehicles will be manufactured on GM’s the new global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries introduced in March to increase scale and capacity utilization. This platform will also be shared by the upcoming GMC Hummer pickup and Cadillac Lyriq SUV, two new GM EVs.

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra addresses the press at the new modular platform and Ultium battery system reveal in March at the Design Dome on the GM Tech Center campus in Warren, Michigan.

OnStar in Honda EVs

As part of the agreement, Honda will incorporate GM’s OnStar communication and safety services into those new models, while integrating them with HondaLink.

Additionally, Honda plans to make GM’s hands-free advanced driver-assist technology available.

The new EVs will be manufactured at GM plants in North America. Sales should start in the 2024 model year in both Canada and the U.S.

Text: Luc Gagné
Photos: Steve Fecht/General Motors

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