Last year, General Motors and Honda announced plans for a partnership to build electric vehicle. The deal was said to involve GM-built, Honda-Acura-branded EVs that would utilize the GM Ultium battery technology. There was speculation that the deal would involve two SUVs to start, and now we have our confirmation.
The deal involves two vehicles, one for Honda and one for Acura, both of which will ride on GM’s Ultium platform. While Honda and Acura will release electric SUVs in 2024 based on the platform, Honda says it plans to launch a series of new EVs on its own from 2025 on.
Named Prologue, the vehicle will be the first volume EV that Honda sells, and will begin its transition to an electrified future. “The Prologue will provide our customers with a battery-electric SUV with the excellent functionality and packaging they’ve come to expect from Honda,” said Dave Gardner, EVP of American Honda.
Honda hasn’t released any details on the Prologue other than its name, but the automaker announced plans to achieve carbon-neutrality for its products and operations by 2050. By 2030, Honda expects that 40 percent of its sales will be battery-electric vehicles or fuel cell vehicles. That number increases to 80 percent by 2035 and 100 percent by 2040.
According to the Detroit Free Press, analysts expect that the Prologue will be built at the Ramos Arizpe, Mexico facility. The yet-to-be-named Acura vehicle will likely be built at GM’s Spring Hill, TN facility. Both Honda and Acura may get another SUV from the General Motors partnership.