Honda’s upcoming electric crossover model, which will use General Motors’ Ultium battery pack design, could be described as the Honda Prologue.
In April, Honda filed a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office to reserve the name “Prolog” for use on “land vehicles, automobiles, battery electric vehicles and structural parts for the foregoing.” It now seems like that name could be used on the automaker’s first US-bonded electric crossover, previously confirmed to use GM’s Ultium battery pack design and Ultium Drive family of electric motors.
American Honda announced last March that it had entered into a tech-sharing partnership with GM that would allow it to leverage the automaker’s Ultium battery and engine technology for two future electric crossover models, one of which is below the Honda brand would fall and the other would be the luxury brand Acura. A separate report released earlier that year indicated that the Acura EV would be built alongside the Cadillac Lyriq at the GM Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee, while the Honda model would be built at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico. GM announced in April that it would invest more than $ 1 billion in its Ramos Arizpe plant to convert its sprawling assembly plant to produce electric vehicles.
Dave Gardner, executive vice president of national operations at American Honda, said earlier this year that while the new electric crossover models will use GM battery and engine technology, “everything across the platform will be uniquely Honda and uniquely Acura.” This would suggest that the Honda Prologue Crossover doesn’t use a GM platform or other GM parts bin components and only relies on GM components for the battery and powertrain.
GM and Honda have a long history of clean vehicle technology collaboration that began with a partnership to jointly develop next generation hydrogen fuel cell technology in 2013. Honda is also a key supporter of GM’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary Cruise and plans to eventually deploy autonomous vehicles on cruise vehicles on public roads in Japan. The automaker also joined GM’s battery cell development effort in 2018, working closely with the Detroit-based automaker to accelerate the development of its Ultium battery technology.
The Honda Prologue EV and the unnamed Acura EV are expected to hit the market for the 2024 model year.
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