GM to Build EV Crossovers for Honda, Acura
Two Honda battery-electric crossovers will be built by General Motors in the next four years. A Honda will be built at a GM plant in Mexico, and an Acura alongside the Cadillac Lyriq in Tennessee.
In an Automotive News report, it was noted that in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where GM builds the Chevrolet Blazer and Equinox, the Honda crossover will start in 2023. GM was rumored to be retooling the plant for EV production by 2024, but this has not been confirmed.
2024 is when the Acura crossover production is scheduled for GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant, according to unnamed sources. Both crossovers are expected to be about the size of the Lyriq, which is planned to go on sale in early 2022.
GM’s Ultium batteries, which have a maximum range of 450 miles, will power the Honda and Acura vehicles. More than 5 million EVs will be Ultium-powered by 2040, more than 1 million of which are not GM products, Morgan Stanley estimates.
Honda wrapped up the year with a 4.2 percent gain in December for trucks, a record for electrified vehicles, and a double record for Passport. Led by 24,406 CR-V Hybrids, and 18,229 Accord Hybrid sales, Honda posted record sales of electrified vehicles for the third straight year, with 62,982 in total for 2020.
Neither GM nor American Honda would comment about their respective company’s product plans, signaling perhaps a decided shift in EV strategy, and ramped-up measures to bring them to fruition faster.
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