General Motors and Honda are teaming up to develop two new electric vehicles, which will be sold under the Honda brand in both the United States and Canada. The EVs are set to arrive for the 2024 model year.
The new Evs will ride on GM’s flexible electric vehicle architecture and will be powered by the American company’s Ultium batteries. But the exterior and interior designs of the vehicles will be developed by Honda and the “platform will be engineered to support Honda’s driving character,” the two companies said in a statement.
Moreover, the future Honda EVs will be equipped with GM’s OnStar connected-car services. The technology will be integrated into the Japanese automaker’s HondaLink suite.
According to their press release, “Honda plans to make GM’s hands-free advanced driver-assist technology available.” This suggests that the Super Cruise will be available on these EVs.
Honda is currently in the middle of a huge electrification project that saw the company launch the Fit EV and Clarity EV in the U.S. It has also released the Honda E in other global markets and focused its efforts mainly on hybrid vehicles such as the new CR-V.
GM, for its part, is also working on plans to ramp up its EV production. Earlier last month, the company confirmed its plans to launch a new batch of electric vehicles under the Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC brands.
While a little surprising, the partnership seems to go well for both companies. GM’s EV framework is great, considering the lack of available research and resources about the relatively new technology. But Honda is currently doing a far better job in terms of exterior and interior design, as well as driving dynamics.
All eyes will likely be peeled on the two new EVs come 2024.