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Honda unveils its first electric SUV

Honda released a teaser image of the upcoming 2024 Prologue electric SUV, the company’s first battery-electric vehicle to be sold in the US. The company also touted its hybrid vehicles as a way to address questions that it has been slow to roll out an EV strategy as compared to its rivals.

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Honda has released an anime-styled depiction of the Prologue electric vehicle. The all-electric SUV, which is a joint venture between General Motors (GM) and Honda, will debut in late 2023 or early 2024. Honda will be able to get batteries and a powertrain from GM as part of the partnership.

The prologue does not appear to be over-styled based on the visuals. It has a long wheelbase, minimal overhangs, and huge wheels in its modest design. A long bonnet, slim headlamps, and a big front bumper distinguish the front. It has black cladding along the bottom and a prominent shoulder line on the side.

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Honda will use GM’s dedicated EV platform and Ultium batteries for its forthcoming electric vehicle. According to experts, the Cadillac Lyric and other GM EVs will share its base and powertrains. Upon its introduction, the company will reveal its features and performance statistics.

The Prologue is the first of two cars that Honda is developing with General Motors and will also be the company’s first battery-electric vehicle sold in the U.S. By the time it launches in 2024, the Prologue will kickoff Honda’s commitment to the electric sector. Honda hopes to unveil 30 new EVs by 2030 while also planning to at last sell two million units. In 2027, Honda also wants to begin offering affordable EVs developed in tandem with GM.

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While the Prologue will be built on a collaborative EV architecture with GM, its other models will be built on Honda’s E Architecture, set to be announced in 2026. Honda has set a goal to sell 60,000 Prologue SUVs in the U.S. by 2024, 70,000 units in 2025 and 300,000 in 2026. All of these milestones add to its main goal of becoming fully electric by 2040.

So far, Honda’s electric lineup is limited in comparison to other carmakers. It recently discontinued its Clarity EV with only the Honda E available in Japan and Europe.