Honda Motor Co. has teamed up with General Motors to build two new electric vehicles that are expected to be launched in 2024. The Japanese automaker will exclusively design the interior and exterior of both vehicles but will be powered by GM’s global EV platform, which uses GM’s recently launched Ultium batteries. GM assures that the platform will be engineered to support Honda’s driving character.
“This collaboration will put together the strength of both companies, while combined scale and manufacturing efficiencies will ultimately provide greater value to customers. This expanded partnership will unlock economies of scale to accelerate our electrification roadmap and advance our industry-leading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” American Honda Motor Co., Inc. executive vice president Rick Schostek said in a statement.
Launched on 4 March 2020, GM’s Ultium Battery are designed for Level 2 and DC fast charging – with most having 400-volt battery packs and up to 200 kWh fast charging capability. GM estimates that Ultium-battery powered EVs can go from 0-60 mph in as little as three seconds and has a range of 400 miles or more. The EVs will be available in United States and Canadian markets when it launches.