GM and Honda join forces on battery development - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Industrial  -  June 8, 2018

GM and Honda join forces on battery development

General Motors Co. and Honda announced on June 7 an agreement for new advanced chemistry battery components, including the cell and module, to accelerate both companies’ plans for all-electric vehicles. The next-generation battery is expected to deliver higher energy density, smaller packaging and faster-charging capabilities for both companies’ future products, mainly for the North American market.

A statement from GM explained that the agreement calls for the companies to collaborate based on GM’s next-generation battery system with the intent for Honda to source the battery modules from GM. The collaboration will support each company’s respective and distinct vehicles.

"This new, multi-year agreement with Honda further demonstrates General Motors’ capability to innovate toward a profitable electric portfolio," said Mark Reuss, GM's executive vp 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."

GM and Honda have already partnered in the area of electrification, having formed the industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system in the 2020 timeframe. "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,” said Takashi Sekiguchi, chief officer for automobile operations and managing officer of Honda.

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