Carmakers across the industry are working together to help alleviate the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. A partnership between Honda and General Motors formed recently, as the two companies work to produce nearly 12,000 gallons of hand sanitizer through their Fuel Cell System Manufacturing (FCSM) partnership.
While each company plans on using the hand sanitizer at their own facilities, Honda will also donate 3,750 bottles to health care facilities in Ohio and Michigan.
The FCSM team is making the hand sanitizer at a Brownstown, Michigan facility. It is repurposing equipment used to develop fuel-cell fuel stacks for the next-generation hydrogen-powered cars to do so. Nearly 75 percent of the brand’s allocation of hand sanitizer will be sent to health care facilities throughout the country.
“It is inspiring to see how the automotive industry continues to find new and innovative ways to help society during this crisis,” said Cathy McEvilly, senior vice president and general counsel of Honda North America, Inc. “The commitment shown by Honda associates and their counterparts at GM is a source of pride to us and we are happy to provide something to help the brave health care professionals fighting this pandemic every day.”
Honda plans on providing 1,500 gallons of the hand sanitizer to use in its manufacturing plants, along with donating it to health care facilities. The packaging needed to ship the product was donated by Packaging Corporation of America, while the FCSM team utilized other companies to actually bottle it. To learn more about how the whole Honda family — including all of us here are Hardin County Honda — are putting your health and safety first every day, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Honda has joined forces with General Motors (GM) to help move towards a greener future. This Honda and GM partnership will lead to the creation of two new electric vehicles, taking a big step into the future of emission-free driving.
The two new electrified vehicles will feature batteries from
GM that are manufactured at its plants in North America. The cars’ interiors
and exteriors, though, will be designed by Honda.
“This expanded partnership will unlock economies of scale to
accelerate our electrification roadmap and advance our industry-leading efforts
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice
President of American Honda Motor. “We are in discussions with one another
regarding the possibility of further extending our partnership.”
GM will also contribute other aspects of its vehicles to
these two jointly created rides. They will have the brand’s hands-free advanced
driver-assistance technology, and will also feature the GM OnStar safety and
security telematics services.
This is the second time Honda and GM have teamed up to
create a new eco-friendly vehicle. The two brands previously worked together to
create the Cruise Origin, which is a self-driving and shared electric vehicle
that debuted earlier this year in San Francisco.
The new electric vehicles created in this partnership are
expected to go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2024.
All of us here at Hardin County Honda are eagerly awaiting more details on the results of the Honda and GM’s partnership, and we can’t wait to see you when the all-new EVs are finally road-ready.
In an era in which is seems no one is willing to work together, Honda has no problem stepping across the aisle to get things done; Honda recently announced its partnership with competitor General Motors in the development of the new next-gen car batteries.
The batteries are being developed specifically for all-electric vehicles and are incredibly complex pieces of machinery. With thousands of components going into just one battery, including chemical, electrical, and physical parts, teamwork is key to creating the safest, strongest, and most efficient product for consumers.
The current partnership calls for Honda to collaborate with General Motors based on GM’s current modelling of next-generation battery systems. The batteries will be optimized for and fully compatible with both Honda and GM vehicles. Both auto giants recognize that the key to future success in the industry lies in great innovation within green, electric technologies today, and this partnership marks a huge leap in the right direction.
Now, what does this new collaboration on next-gen batteries mean for all you Honda loyalists? How about maximized value in future all-electric Honda products? That sounds pretty good to all of us here at Hardin County Honda; we can wait to start seeing these specialized technologies in our showroom!