Honda Canada has announced its first battery-electric vehicle, signalling the company’s vision for 100 per cent zero emission vehicle sales in North America by 2040.
The all-new battery-electric Honda Prologue SUV is coming to market in early 2024.
Honda says more specific details about the new vehicle will be released over the coming months.
In addition to the Prologue, Honda says it will introduce an all-electric Acura SUV, also in the 2024 calendar year.
Both of these vehicles are borne from Honda’s EV collaboration with General Motors and both are slated to be built on GM’s global EV platform powered by Ultium batteries, the same platform used for 2022 GMC Hummer EV full-size pickup, the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV, the Chevy Silverado electric pickup, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq SUV, and the Cadillac Celestiq sedan.
Honda also plans to launch a new series of EV models in the second half of the decade based on a new e:Architecture, with development led by Honda.
“The Honda Prologue is our first volume BEV that will be a catalyst to our ongoing path to electrification and our global goal of a zero emissions future,” said Jean Marc Leclerc, president and CEO of Honda Canada. “The Prologue is a battery-electric SUV that will provide our Canadian customers with what they expect from Honda; an exciting, reliable, safe and fun to drive vehicle.”
In April 2021, Honda global CEO, Toshihiro Mibe, announced a vision to achieve carbon-neutrality for its products and corporate activities by 2050, including key targets for sales of electrified vehicles. This vision calls for sales of battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles in North America to progress from 40 per cent of the roster by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2035 to 100 per cent of total sales by 2040.
Honda says it will introduce hybrid-electric systems to more core and volume models to continue to reduce CO2 emissions and bridge customers to the volume battery-electric vehicles now in development.