Honda CR-V EV to be the Honda e-SUV made at GM’s Mexico plant?

A new report from autonews.com indicates that the U.S. production of the Honda CR-V EV derived from the next-gen Honda CR-V could begin in 2023. If true, GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico could roll out the first-ever Honda CR-V EV.

The report says that GM will begin manufacturing two crossover EVs, one Honda model and one Acura model, within four years. The Honda model will arrive first, and it will roll out of GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant. This factory is currently responsible for the Chevrolet Blazer and Chevrolet Equinox (and also the Holden Equinox).

In November, a Japanese report had said that the Honda CR-V, the second best-selling SUV in the U.S., will get an EV variant in the next generation. The first-ever Honda CR-V EV could feature GM’s Utium EV technologies, it is speculated.

bestcarweb.jp, which holds a decent track record of getting Japanese model scoops right, had indicated in a report detailing Honda’s future strategy that at least three Honda EVs are in the pipeline. One is the next-gen Honda NSX, the second is a large sedan (possibly the next-gen Honda Accord or next-gen Honda Insight) and the third is the Honda CR-V EV.

The report says that the large Honda electric sedan will be jointly developed with GM. In fact, in April last year, GM had entered an agreement with Honda to co-develop two EVs and the companies had confirmed that the upcoming Honda EV models will be based on GM’s third-gen global EV platform and get powered by Ultium batteries that is first purposed for the Hummer electric pickup and the Cadillac Lyriq.

GM third-gen EV platform Ultium battery pack
Two Honda EVs based on GM’s third-gen global EV platform and featuring Ultium batteries have already been confirmed. One of them was speculated to be an SUV. Image Source: GM

GM and Honda expect the sales of the first Honda EV based on GM’s third-gen global EV platform to begin in the 2024 model year. The two companies did not discuss the model names or body styles they are working together on.

The next-gen Honda CR-V is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in the 2022 model year. EVs derived from ICE models typically follow a year or so later and it doesn’t seem illogical to expect the first-ever Honda CR-V EV with GM’s Ultium batteries around 2023. The Honda CR-V is the fifth highest-selling vehicle in the US and complete electrification should be on the cards this decade as an option for early adopters.

The current, fifth-gen Honda CR-V that debuted in 2016 is seen as an evolutionary upgrade from the fourth-gen model. Big changes on the design front are expected from the sixth-gen Honda CR-V and the EV version could be the most radical looking CR-V of all generations.

While it’s early to talk about specifications, we assume that Honda would be targeting an EPA-estimated range of at least 250 miles from its high-end electric cars. So, it will need quite a large battery pack with an energy storage capacity of at least 60 kWh. As for the CR-V EV’s price, the company could be aiming for a base figure of around $35,000. The Honda CR-V Electric’s competitors would include models like the VW ID.4, the Nissan Ariya, the Subaru Evoltis, and the Toyota BZ3X).

Honda CR-V Electric FAQs

What is the Honda CR-V Electric’s release date?

There is no official confirmation of a CR-V electric, but we speculate it could go on sale in the calendar year 2023.

What will be the Honda CR-V EV price?

Honda could price the CR-V electric from around $35,000, if it indeed is planning for a variant.

Which electric SUV models will the Honda CR-V EV compete with?

A Honda electric the size of a CR-V would challenge the VW ID.4, Nissan Ariya and Subaru Evoltis.