Honda developing 3 new dedicated platforms for EVs

According to a top executive at Honda Motor Co, the company plans on building millions of electric vehicles (EV) by 2030 using three new dedicated platforms, with one of them being jointly developed with U.S. partner General Motors Co.

“Honda will introduce an electric mini commercial vehicle in Japan in 2024, built on a new small EV platform. This will be followed by full-size electric model in North America in 2026, on a new large platform,” said Shinji Aoyama, head of Honda’s global electrification.

The third platform, which he described as being of “medium size”, will be shared with General Motors, starting from 2027.

In early April, both companies had said, they would jointly develop “affordable electric vehicles” for global markets.

“Whether they will be based on Honda’s architecture or on GM’s platform has not been decided,” said Aoyama. “We have not decided which plants (or) what will be produced. But we are going to share the bill of process” for manufacturing “to enable the cars to be produced at either” Honda or GM plants.

Incidentally, GM is building two premium electric SUVs for Honda in North America, based on the dedicated EV platform that underpins GM’s Cadillac Lyriq.

Aoyama said Honda has agreed to use GM’s next-generation Ultium battery, the specifications have of which are yet to be finalized. He went on to add, “Honda is targeting North American production of 750,000-800,000 electric vehicles in 2030, and about the same in China, with another 400,000-500,000 in Japan and other markets”.

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