GM is Honda’s partner in the development of next-generation batteries

GM is Honda’s partner in the development of next-generation batteries

General Motors and Honda have announced a collaboration to develop new battery components for electric vehicles.

The two automakers already have a proven relationship in electrification, having formed the industry’s first manufacturing joint venture for an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will arrive around 2020. Now GM and Honda are working together on new advanced chemistry battery components. including the cell and the module, in hopes of accelerating both companies’ plans for all-electric vehicles.

In a statement released by the two companies, the joint venture promises to deliver a next-generation battery with higher energy density, smaller packaging and faster charging capabilities for future products, mainly for the North American market.

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The companies will collaborate based on GM’s next-generation battery system, with Honda sourcing the battery modules from GM. The goal is to combine the two companies’ scale and global manufacturing efficiencies to deliver greater value to consumers.
“The new multi-year agreement with Honda further demonstrates General Motors’ ability to innovate toward a profitable electric portfolio,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors vice president of global product development, procurement and supply chain. “GM’s decades of electrification experience and strategic EV investments, along with Honda’s commitment to advancing mobility, will deliver better solutions for our customers and enable progress toward our zero-emissions vision.”