With the Honda Prologue on the way, the Japanese automaker is finally serious about getting into the EV game. But the recently revealed electric crossover is just the start—Honda will need a plant for EVs and batteries here in the US soon, as it sketches out the rest of its lineup set to arrive after 2025.
This week the automaker revealed just where its EV center will be based, with several sites in Ohio slated to become Honda’s electric hub.
Honda indicated that it will spend $700 million to re-tool its Marysville Auto Plant (MAP), East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP), and Anna Engine Plant (AEP) for EV production, slated to start in 2026. The automaker also plans to invest $3.5 billion in a joint venture with LG Energy Solution…to build a plant for battery module production in Ohio as well.
The vehicles that will be produced in Ohio will sit on Honda’s own e:Architecture, rather than GM’s Ultium platform that will underpin the upcoming Prologue…”Honda is proud of our history in Ohio, where our US manufacturing operations began more than four decades ago. Now, as we expand Honda’s partnership with Ohio, we are investing in a workforce that will create the power source for our future Honda and Acura electric vehicles,” said Bob Nelson, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Way cool! Impulsively chose this article from the many EV pages online. An industry moving into the future faster than our politicians.
I’ve never owned a Honda though I had a few Acuras starting from Year One of that project. We’ve settled back down into (mostly) American iron with my ancient Dodge Ram pickup which stopped recording distance at about 250,000 miles. And my wife’s shiny brand new Ford Maverick Hybrid pickup.
Finally learned to get my butt out of the way when she backs out of the garage in electric silence.