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General Motors and Honda to partner on EV batteries

Honda will work with GM’s next-gen battery system to help find efficiencies

Joe Duarte
Published: June 9, 2018, 6:30 PM
Updated: June 15, 2018, 1:52 AM

2017 Chevrolet Bolt

General Motors and Honda will be working together on new batteries to power both their respective future electric vehicles.

2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle

The two will work on new advanced battery chemistry, including the battery cells and modules, to develop a future generation of batteries that will hold more charge in a smaller package, and be charged more quickly, mostly for the North American market.

“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.”

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 FuelCell Electric Vehicle

Honda will work from GM’s next-generation battery system as they work to improve manufacturing efficiencies that will reportedly translate into improved consumer value (meaning, lower prices for electric vehicles).

GM and Honda are already collaborating on an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that is due for presentation in 2020. As with the new agreement, the goal of the hydrogen fuel cell system is to create more affordable fuel cells and hydrogen storage systems.

2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle vent

“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 realization of a sustainable society,” concluded Takashi Sekiguchi, Chief Officer for Automobile Operations and Managing Officer of Honda.