The Japanese automaker has confirmed that all of its future electric vehicles, as well as the models of its premium sub-brand Acura, will use the Ultium electric powertrain, manufactured by the American concern General Motors.
Honda has officially announced two new large-size EV models for the North American market, which will be unveiled in the 2024 model year. These two new all-electric vehicles – one from the Honda brand and one from the premium Acura (owned by Honda – editor’s note) – will be the fruit of a strategic partnership with the American concern General Motors.
The Japanese manufacturer will use GM Ultium batteries. There is no information about other components used (eg drives), but we assume that cooperation may not be limited to batteries only.
“Honda and GM are jointly developing two large electric vehicles using GM Ultium batteries, and we plan to bring these models to the North American market as model year 2024 vehicles, one from the Honda brand and the other from the Acura brand.”
Earlier this year, we heard rumors that GM would also make Honda and Acura EVs – the first potentially in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico (currently building the Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox there), and the second at GM’s plant in Spring Hill, TN (alongside the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq electric crossover).
GM recently announced the creation of its second US Ultium Cells lithium-ion battery plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, which will support both GM and Honda’s plans.
We anticipate that the partnership with GM will enable Honda to launch a larger electrification effort at a fraction of the cost.
Not given, our publication wrote that Honda has unveiled a new HR-V hybrid for Europe ahead of launch in late 2021. Honda has published more details on the new 2022 HR-V, which will be available in Europe exclusively with a hybrid transmission.