Honda and General Motors (GM) have been partnering up a lot in the last few years – and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon.
The two major automakers are looking to establish a broader partnership in North America, sharing a goal to create more efficient engines, develop new technologies, and introduce better products for each company.
Honda and GM signed a “non-binding memorandum of understanding” earlier this year to move the partnership forward. They agreed to work together to develop new Honda electric vehicles using a GM platform and Ultium batteries.
They also plan on developing new technologies including infotainment setups, electrical architecture, safety systems, and more. Honda will integrate GM’s OnStar® connectivity services into its two EV models, which could act as a foundation for more technology collaborations.
Finally, the two carmakers are looking to become more efficient in production. They will be joint purchasing some materials, while drawing on both of the brands’ expertise, specialization areas, and best practices to help save money in the long run. They are even considering joining together for certain manufacturing operations. The entire partnership will be overseen by a group of high-ranking executives from each brand.
There is no detailed timeline as to when this alliance will bear fruit, but make sure to keep your eyes on the Hardin County Honda blog for updated as they become available.
Honda has decided to shift its focus from F1 racing to becoming even more eco-friendly. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that it’s withdrawing from F1 racing at the end of the 2021 season to put its resources towards battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
“Honda needs to funnel its corporate resources in research and development into the areas of future power-unit and energy technologies, including fuel-cell vehicle and battery EV technologies, which will be the core of carbon-free technologies,” said the automaker in a press release.
Honda has the corporate goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2050.
The carmaker still plans on remaining involved in motorsports, and won’t be leaving racing entirely. It confirmed that it will have a multi-year extension to its IndyCar engine program, and will even begin supplying hybrid powertrains starting in 2023. There’s also an expectation that the brand will come back with a new vehicle for the all-electric Formula E series.
The Honda F1 program has been on-again, off-again since the 1960s. It has worked as its own team and has also provided engines to other teams throughout the last 50 years or so. Honda-powered vehicles won three F1 races in 2019 and have won two so far in 2020.
For all of your Honda news — both performance-focused and otherwise — keep an eye on the Hardin County Honda Blog.