General Motors and Honda Motor Company jointly announced plans for GM to build electric-vehicles for Honda. The first model will arrive for the 2024 model year, leveraging GM’s dedicated EV architecture and Ultium battery system.
Specifically, two 2024 Honda products will be built atop GM’s flexible BEV3 architecture. This architecture can handle everything from a compact car to a full-size SUV, so it Honda has a lot of options leveraging this particular platform. The two automakers say Honda will be responsible for the exterior and interior design, as well as the driving dynamics. Meanwhile, GM will build the vehicles.
“This expanded partnership will unlock economies of scale to accelerate our electrification roadmap and advance our industry-leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president of American Honda.
In addition to borrowing GM’s architecture and batteries, the pair also confirmed that Honda will utilize GM’s OnStar telematics system and Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system. It’s worth mentioning that Honda is an investor in GM’s Cruise division.
This isn’t the first time the two automakers have teamed up. The two have had several partnerships over the years, including everything from GM buying Honda transmissions for the Saturn Vue, to the pair jointly development fuel cell vehicles.
As the industry transitions to battery-electric vehicles Honda has struggled. The company has only offered one EV product in North America, a battery-only version of the FXC Clarity. That model was only capable of going 89 miles on a charge and was dropped from the market after only two years.