GM Partners with Honda to Develop Next-Generation EV Batteries
Innovation often breeds unexpected partnerships. This is especially true for the automotive industry, which is always experimenting with innovative new technologies.
Take, for example, a recent partnership between General Motors and Honda. These two automakers will be working together to develop new battery components for electric vehicles.
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Both GM and Honda have plans in place to introduce a wide-ranging fleet of all-electric vehicles sometime in the near future. In order to accomplish this lofty feat, both companies will need to rely on advanced chemistry battery components for these vehicles.
Under GM and Honda’s new agreement, the two automakers will work together on adding advancements to GM’s next generation-battery system. Honda will then source the battery modules from GM.
Upgrades for the battery are slated to include higher energy density and faster charging capabilities. The packaging for these batteries should also be smaller than their current size.
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“This new, multiyear agreement with Honda further demonstrates General Motors’ capability to innovate toward a profitable electric portfolio,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors Executive Vice President 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.”
This isn’t the first time that Honda and GM have teamed up to advance new technologies. The two previously launched a joint venture to develop and produce a hydrogen fuel cell system, with a deadline set somewhere around 2020.
As both Honda and GM look to electrify their respective vehicle fleets, this new partnership should end up being beneficial for both of them.