- Honda's new EV model will be called the Prologue.
- It will use GM's Ultium battery packs and will also spawn an Acura version.
- The 2024 Prologue will arrive in calendar-year 2024.
We now have a name for the new Honda EV that will arrive a few years from now: Prologue. Set to go on sale in calendar-year 2024, the 2024 Honda Prologue will be the first result of a partnership between Honda and General Motors on EV powertrains. It will use the same Ultium battery packs found in upcoming GM electric vehicles such as the GMC Hummer EV and the Cadillac Lyriq.
Honda hasn't yet shared exactly what size or shape the Prologue will take, but we expect it to be either a compact or mid-size SUV. The powertrain and platform will be made up of GM components, and Honda executive vice president Dave Gardner said that the biggest points of differentiation between the Prologue and GM EVs will be in its "top half"—its body design—and its interior.
The company says it chose the name Prologue to indicate that it is the first of many upcoming electric vehicles. The Acura luxury brand will also add a version of this EV in 2024, but that model's name hasn't yet been announced. Honda has said it plans to have EVs and fuel-cell vehicles make up 40 percent of its new-vehicle sales by 2030, 80 percent by 2035, and 100 percent by 2040.
We think the name is a bit ironic given how the Prologue's arrival is still several years away; Ford and Volkswagen already have new dedicated EV crossovers on sale today in the Mach-E and ID.4, and many more models such as the Nissan Ariya, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Kia EV6 are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. soon.