An American giant will help the Japanese automaker.
Honda recently impressed us with the introduction of the new Insight, a far more pleasant looking alternative to hybrid models like the Toyota Prius. While Honda's hybrid game seems strong, its EV game needs some work. Honda is offering strong lease deals on its Clarity Electric, but its lackluster range makes it hard to recommend. The company has plans to introduce more than 20 new EV models by 2025, and it has just announced a partnership with American automaker General Motors, which should make this goal attainable.
General Motors and Honda announced an agreement "for new advanced chemistry battery components, including the cell and module," which should "accelerate both companies' plans for all-electric vehicles." Both company's efforts will mainly be concentrated on the North American market, and focus on "higher energy density, smaller packaging and faster charging capabilities." This partnership expands on a currently existing partnership between Honda and GM to develop advanced hydrogen fuel cells by 2020. It seems unclear when we will start to see production models with the GM-Honda joint battery technology, so we'll have to wait for future EV model announcements from both companies.
For now, this partnership sounds like it will greatly benefit both GM and Honda as both companies look to expand their EV lineups in the near future. "This new, multiyear agreement with Honda further demonstrates General Motors' capability to innovate toward a profitable electric portfolio," said Mark Reuss, General Motors Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. GM's decades of electrification experience and strategic EV investments, alongside Honda's commitment to advancing mobility, will result in better solutions for our customers and progress on our zero emissions vision."