Right now, we know that GM is working on a Hummer EV, and we know that, for some reason, the company thinks the Cadillac brand can sell a six-figure car, known as the Celestiq. I have downright critisized the brand on a number of occasions for not taking EVs seriously enough and, more recently, for the whole Celestiq situation. To me, it seems like GM just doesn’t know what it’s doing, and I always assumed it was because of poor leadership. Now, word has surfaced that Honda and GM are teaming up on EVs. To be more specific, GM is going to help Honda develop it’s next two EVs, and at first I thought this was a very bad move, but then I saw the bigger picture.

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At one time, in my younger and ignorant years, I didn’t like Honda one bit. My mind was clouded by the whole “buy American” thing. Then, one of my buddies bought a 1987 Honda Accord Lxi and, I kid you not, it was like a poor man’s BMW. And, it was reliable. Since then, I’ve been a big fan of Hondas and have had two that have surpassed the 400,000 mile mark with few mechanical problems. When I saw that “GM was going to help Honda,” I got this weird little knot in my gut that said “please God no.” Then I read into it a little more and this could actually be a very good thing for both companies.

GM is going to help Honda build its next two EVS, but by help, we mean that Honda is getting to use GM’s Ultium battery technology and modular electric vehicle platform.

Honda, as a matter of fact, will engineer the architecture to ensure that any Honda vehicle it is used in meets consumer expectations. When we’re talking about Honda reliability, those expectations are high, so this isn’t surprising. So, Honda is going to provide engineering input on the platform before it comes close to anything that wears a Honda badge, while the interior and exterior design work of these vehicles will also be all-Honda.

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The only downside is that the vehicles will be built in GM’s North American manufacturing facilities and that’s a little troublesome considering the build quality of some of GM’s vehicles these days.

Of course, the new Chevy Suburban and Tahoe seem to be a step up from pre-2020 GM days, so maybe things won’t be that bad.

The point I’m getting to here is that Honda, a brand known for its reliability and quality, is going to be giving GM some kind of input on its new modular electric EV platform and, if any of that rubs off onto the next round of GM EVs, that’s going to be a very good thing for the future crop of Chevys, GMCs, and Cadillacs.

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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