A joint announcement has been made by Honda and General Motors confirming they have joined forces for a new advanced chemistry battery component, which includes the cell and module, in the hope of mutually accelerating all-electric vehicle plans for both companies.
Promising to deliver higher energy density in a smaller package with faster-charging capabilities, the next-generation battery is earmarked to feature in future products initially destined for the North American market.
As part of the agreement, Honda is responsible for sourcing the battery modules from General Motors after the next generation battery system is developed. The combined scale of manufacturing should benefit customers in the long run.
Mark Reuss, General Motors Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain said: "This new, multi-year agreement with Honda further demonstrates General Motors' capability to innovate toward a profitable electric portfolio."
"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."
This is not the first time we have seen Honda and General Motor partner up. They have already established a relationship involving electrification when they formed the first manufacturing joint venture to produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system. The goal in that instance is to offer an affordable commercial fuel cell and hydrogen storage system.
"In addition to our ongoing joint development and production of fuel cells, this battery component collaboration will enable us to take a new step toward the realisation of a sustainable society," the Chief Officer for Automobile Operations and Managing Officer of Honda, Takashi Sekiguchi, said.
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