General Motors is slated to produce at least two battery-electric Honda vehicles. The news comes as no surprise given the two company have announced a broader alliance that includes EV production. However, this is the first time specifics surrounding the alliance are leaking out.
A report from Automotive News alleges GM will ultimately produce a battery-electric Honda crossover at its Ramos Arizpe, Mexico plant. This plant currently produces the Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox. At this time GM has not confirmed future plants for the Ramos Arizpe plant, nor has it stated it would be an EV plant. Production of the Honda vehicle will commence in 2023.
It is possible this Honda crossover will be similar to the concept the brand revealed last September. This vehicle was unveiled in China with little to no information backing it. Honda simply said the concept previewed a future mass-production product.
In addition, the report states GM will also produce an Acura product. The Acura product is expected to be produced alongside the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq battery-electric SUV. GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee plant is producing the Lyriq starting later this year. Citing unnamed sources, both the Honda and Acura products are expected to be similar to the Lyriq in size.
Both Honda products are also expected to leverage GM’s Ultium batteries. Given the vehicles will be produced on GM assembly lines, that almost seems like a given. In fact, both will likely share many components with their GM counterparts.
Honda and GM reached a broader alliance deal back in 2020, announcing that the two would collaborate on battery-electric vehicles. The broadened alliance perpetuates a relationship between the two automakers that dates back nearly two decades.