Next-gen Honda electric cars will be powered by General Motors

General Motors reveals its all-new modular platform and battery system Ultium Wednesday

The vertically or horizontally stackable Ultium battery uses a proprietary low-cobalt chemistry that GM says will enable it to pack up to 200kWh energy capacity into its 10 planned electric models including an "electric utility vehicle" based on the now-delayed Bolt EV, a Cadillac Lyriq luxury SUV, and a Hummer EV.

General Motors Co and Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Thursday they would jointly develop two new electric vehicles for Honda and are exploring more ways to expand their alliance. Neither carmaker has indicated what segment the electric vehicles will compete in. One of the vehicles that will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will be an all-electric pickup truck.

At this stage the only countries confirmed to receive the models are the USA and Canada.

GM and Honda have been working together on EV projects since at least 2018. The new Honda EVs will be designed by the Japanese automaker inside and out but will use the new global EV platform of General Motors as well as the newly announced battery system that GM has dubbed Ultium. The auto was unveiled in San Francisco earlier this year.

The new collaboration will combine the strengths of both companies, says executive VP for Honda in America, Rick Schostek, and will help Honda to reduce costs in order to further embrace the age of electric transport.

GM and Honda are also working on fuel cells and an electric, self-driving and shared vehicle called Cruise Origin. Additionally, Honda will make GM's hands-free advanced driver-assist technology available for buyers that want the new system.

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As part of the agreement, Honda will use GM's OnStar safety and security services in the two EVs, integrating them with HondaLink. They will presumably be built by the very same workers and have similar components.



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