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GM, Honda Ally to Offer Accessible Electric Vehicles

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Sofía Garduño By Sofía Garduño | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Mon, 04/11/2022 - 08:23

General Motors (GM) and Honda have allied to develop accessible electric vehicles (EV) and plan to start the production of millions of EV by 2027. Their plans include the development of a totally electric product for North America, including Mexico, offered at an accessible price. GM and Honda will standardize processes to achieve world-class quality and will further collaborate on future opportunities regarding EV batteries.


“GM and Honda will share the best strategies regarding technology, design and production to offer EVs that are accessible and desired globally, including by our markets in North America, South America and China,” said Mary Bara, CEO, GM.


The relationship among the two OEM’s has become stronger throughout the years thanks to their multiple collaborations. For example, in 2013, both allied to develop a fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies and in 2018, they both collaborated to develop EV batteries. Also, in 2020, the automakers announced their collaboration on developing two EVs.


“Our latest collaboration with GM is different. It leverages the strengths of our two companies to drive down the cost of EVs, making it possible for the greatest number of customers globally to buy an EV,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President, Honda.


According to Schostek, Honda has been a leader in creating affordable and efficient compact vehicles including the Honda Civic, which was the first hybrid model to arrive in Mexico in 2006. However, he recognizes that the collaboration with GM will boost Honda’s strengths, allowing it to transform into a 100-percent EV brand and accelerate the electrified future.


“The foundation of this collaboration is the strength of the relationship between GM and Honda, and the comfort level we have in joint development projects based on successful collaboration in other advanced technology projects focused on electric and autonomous vehicles,” he added.


By 2030, Honda aims to increase its EV ratio within overall unit sales to 40 percent and by 2035, increase it to 80 percent. In China, Honda will not introduce any new internal combustion engine vehicles as part of its strategy to increase its EV ratio to 100 percent by 2040.


Regarding electro mobility in Mexico, GM has plans for producing EV in the country. GM’s plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, will transition to manufacture EVs, which will turn the state into the first Mexican region to produce these vehicles, as reported by MBN.


“What we expected from this change is to increase EVs production in the region so that we become a productive nucleus with better capabilities than other states,” said Antonio Serrano, Director, IEECs, as reported by Vanguardia.



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