General Motors and Honda on Tuesday announced plans to deepen their relationship with the development of electric vehicles.
The two automakers say they will jointly create a range of affordable EVs based on a new, world-centric platform using next-generation Ultium technology. The new EV, which will have a compact crossover, will start arriving in 2027.
Ultium is the name of GM’s EV platform and battery technology that debuted at the 2022 GMC Hummer EV and has since entered the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. Under a plan announced in 2020, Honda and its upmarket Acura brand will each launch an SUV in 2024 based on current Ultium technology. GM will handle the production of those SUVs
2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV Teaser
In a statement, Doug Parks, GM’s Global Head of Production Development and Purchasing, said the new EV will use next-generation Ultium technology to include the low-cost car of the upcoming 2024 Chevolet Equinox EV for North America. Electric Equinox, which will use current Ultium technology, has been confirmed to start at around 30,000.
GM and Honda also said Tuesday that they will work to improve efficiency, build quality and standardize equipment and processes for affordability. It will expand into battery technology, eventually with solid-state batteries. Both automakers look at solid-state technology, which promises to cost less, have more range and charge faster than current liquid-type batteries as a key component of future EVs. In the case of Honda, the automaker has already set up a pilot production line.
GM and Honda have steadily increased their collaboration efforts over the past decade, focusing on electrical and self-driving technology in recent years. In 2020 the two platforms and Powertrain have come a long way in proposing an alliance in terms of sharing, as well as R&D, purchasing and connected services, and we will probably see a deeper relationship between them in the years to come.