In April this year, Honda and General Motors reached an agreement where the latter will design and build two electric vehicles, which will be sold as Honda electric cars from around 2023. The duo expanded on this agreement this month, where Honda and GM would co-develop cars and trucks in North America, and potentially build Hondas in GM’s manufacturing facilities too.
In the midst of these agreements, GM revealed the Hummer EV, which is due to enter production in late 2021 in the Hummer EV Edition 1 first, followed by lesser priced models through 2024. At the time of its reveal, GM boasted of the Hummer EV’s Ultium electric drive architecture, which we know will extend to other GM electric vehicles in the future, and will be made available to the future Honda electric car (Honda Trailsport), as announced by the companies.
Honda trademarked the ‘Trailsport’ name in July this year for “automobiles and automobile structural parts”, hinting it was planning future models with off-roading capability and tech. While it is an unknown if the Honda Trailsport is the name of the Honda electric car to come out of GM’s chassis, we would not be surprised if that were the case as the market is steadily moving towards electric SUVs and trucks with significant off-road capability.
The GMC Hummer EV for example set the off-road enthusiast into a frenzy with its Extreme Off-Road Package which featured 4-wheel steering with ‘Crab Walk’, allowing the electric pickup to maneuver itself out of tricky situations.
The Ultium drive system in the Hummer EV is off-road focused too, with its three-motor AWD system, and compact construction which gives the pickup low overhands for better approach and departure angles. We think the Honda electric car could inherent these features as it will be put to the test by ardent AWD lovers against conventional off-roaders like the Ford Bronco Sport and Jeep Compass.
However, the main priority of the Honda electric car will be to offer American Honda lovers with an EV option; until it arrives the Honda Clarity PHEV (or Clarity Fuel Cell if you live in California) is the closest Honda you can get to alternate fuel. We think the GM Ultium architecture could provide a 300-350 mile range on the Honda electric car, and higher variants could feature the 800 volt, 350 kW fast charging capability which, in the Hummer EV, gives 100 miles of range in 10 minutes.
What is the Honda electric car (Honda Trailsport) launch date?
The Honda electric car jointly developed with GM will arrive in the USA in 2023.