GM and Honda to Work on Development of More Affordable Electric Vehicles

General Motors (GM) and Honda have announced plans to work together on the development of a series of affordable electric vehicles based on a new global architecture using GM’s Ultium battery technology.

The companies say they are working together to ‘enable global production of millions of EVs starting in 2027, including compact crossover vehicles, leveraging the two companies’ technology, design and sourcing strategies.’

The companies say they will also work toward standardising equipment and processes and will look at further EV battery technology collaboration opportunities to reduce the cost of electrification, improve performance and sustainability.

GM and Honda have worked closely over many years. In 2013, they began collaborating on the development of a next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies. In 2018, Honda joined GM’s EV battery module development efforts. In 2020, they announced plans to co-develop two EVs, including the Honda Prologue, to be launched in early 2024.

The companies also have an ongoing relationship with autonomous vehicle developer Cruise – a subsidiary of GM in which Honda invested $US750 million in 2018 and committed much more for future development – and are working together on the Cruise Origin, a fully autonomous vehicle designed for driverless ride-hail and delivery.

Both GM and Honda (as are many major automotive players) are currently working on solid-state batteries – technology that allows for the creation of smaller, lighter, battery packs with a higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries.

GM is also researching other battery technologies, along with production methods that can quickly be used to improve and update battery cell manufacturing processes. Honda says it is making progress on its all-solid-state battery technology which the company sees as the core element of future EVs.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (April 2022)

13 April 2022

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