Automotive News reports that GM will build Honda EVs in Mexico and Tennessee.The two vehicles will be crossovers for the Honda and Acura brands and will be about the same size as the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. Honda and GM entered into a partnership earlier this year to use GM’s Ultium battery platform in Honda vehicles.It looks like the Honda partnership with GM to use the Ultium battery platform, which we told you about last spring, is already bearing electrified fruit. According to a report from Automotive News, GM plans on building two electric crossovers—one a Honda, one an Acura—at two different plants, with release dates in 2023 and 2024.
For the Honda brand, a crossover will be built at GM’s Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, plant where General Motors currently builds the Equinox and Blazer. There have been reports that the factory would be transformed for EV production, but GM has yet to confirm that. The Honda is slated to go into production in 2023. On the Acura side, a second crossover is slated to start production in 2024 at the Spring Hill, Tennessee, facility alongside the upcoming 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. The vehicle is reportedly about the same size as the Lyriq. The Cadillac SUV is slated to go on sale in 2022.
This report lines up with official news out of Honda and GM that the two automakers would team up to build two electric vehicles and the first would go on sale in 2024. In both of these instances, it’s likely that, as noted by Honda back when the partnership was announced, Honda will design the vehicles and the Ultium battery platform powering them will be engineered to support Honda’s driving character. GM for its part, has recently accelerated its transition to electric vehicles and plans to have 30 EVs on the road by 2025 as it invests $27 billion in electrification and self-driving technologies. The automaker’s Ultium platform will support battery pack capacities up to 200.0 kWh and ranges up to about 400 miles.
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