Honda to borrow GM's EV platform for 2 new electric vehicles

Daniel Fowler
April 5, 2020

The two new models will not be the first co-developed by GM and Honda, with the duo unveiling their Cruise Origin self-driving electric vehicle earlier this year. Honda will exclusively design the exteriors and interiors of the two new EVs, the two companies said.

General Motors and Honda will jointly develop two electric vehicles for Honda's product line that are slated for manufacture at GM's North American plants. "As EV volume increases, both companies will be able to more rapidly achieve economies of scale, reduce cost and provide value for both our companies and our respective customers", said Jeffrey Smith, Honda North America VP for corporate communications.

Honda and GM will be making two electric cars for the former.

The companies also announced that Honda would adopt GM's driver-assistant features called Super Cruise, although Honda won't use the same name. With Toyota and Nissan having gobbled up quite a few other Japanese automakers, Subaru and Honda are now the odd ducks. This new architecture, which GM unveiled last month to showcase its own EV plans, is capable of 19 different battery and drive-unit configurations.

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Well, the new cars will use the American brand's global EV platform and will run on its proprietary Ultium batteries. There's no word yet on what they'll look like, or what segment of the market they'll compete in.

At this stage the only countries confirmed to receive the models are the United States and Canada. Here are the confirmed EV models that the automaker expects to have on sale in the U.S.in the near future.

"We are in discussions with one another regarding the possibility of further extending our partnership", Schostek said. "We have a terrific history of working closely with Honda, and this new collaboration builds on our relationship and like-minded objectives".

Honda will incorporate GM's OnStar safety and security services in the new EVs as part of the agreement. The purchasing decisions will mostly come down to brand loyalty and vehicle style.

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