Honda said today that it plans to launch its first e:Architecture-based electric vehicle in North America in 2025.
That’s a year earlier than the Japanese automaker initially said it would introduce vehicles based on its in-house vehicle platform, which puts more emphasis on software and over-the-air updates to the Tesla.
Honda said in a statement that the 2025 vehicle will feature a new in-house operating system, which will “enable the continuous advancement of vehicle features and services for customers even after the vehicle is purchased.”
So far, Honda has leaned on GM to get its EVs out the door, building on the Detroit automaker’s Ultium electric vehicle platform and architecture. The electric vehicles Honda developed with GM, the Prologue and Acura ZDX, will arrive in North America in 2024.
Honda said its first e:Architecture-based vehicle will be “a mid-size and large EV model,” disappointing the few of us here in North America who prefer small cars. TechCrunch has reached out to Honda to ask if it plans to introduce smaller electric systems in the United States.
Honda is accelerating the development of electric vehicles (EV) through its new e:Architecture platform and announced the upcoming release of its first e:Architecture-based EV sooner than initially planned. Honda’s new electric vehicle platform is an open innovation system that integrates various areas of expertise such as electronics, software and energy on a single architecture.
The introduction of Honda’s new EV will open the door for creating more advanced, high-performance electric vehicles at a higher speed. Through the e:Architecture platform, the company will be able to benefit from the advancements of connected and autonomous driving technologies and expand its lineup of electric vehicles. The new EV platform is comprised of four layers. Electrical components such as an integrated drive unit, power conversion and on-board charger form the first layer. The second layer uses software to control the components and the third layer enhances synergy between the software and components. Finally, the fourth layer is focused on safety and security technologies, providing a holistic approach to overall running of the vehicle.
At Ikaroa, we are proud to be a part of the development of EVs with the Honda e:Architecture platform as it is a major leap forward in the EV industry. Our expertise in full-stack development and our cutting-edge technology innovation will help us to contribute to the advancement of the electric vehicle industry. This is part of our continuous commitment in developing opportunities and making sustainable transport possible.