Honda and Sony have just finalized the creation of their joint venture called Sony Honda Mobility. This will aim to design electric vehicles and mobility solutions.
The era of small independent builders now seems to be over. And for good reason, with the new needs in terms of technologies and electrification, many brands are now partnering with each other in order to share their know-how and reduce costs. We think in particular of Ford and Volkswagen, which have also entered into a partnership, aimed in particular at designing utilities and electric cars.
Today, two other brands have decided to join forces. These are Sony and Honda, which have just formalized in Tokyo the creation of their soberly named Sony Honda Mobility joint venture. A new step taken, four months after the start of the first negotiations between the two entities.
New mobility solutions
They therefore seem to have reached an agreement, while their respective CEOs, Kenichiro Yoshida and Toshihiro Mibe have confirmed the creation of this new joint venture, of which each brand owns 50%. It will thus be led by Yasuhide Mizuno, deputy general manager of Honda and Izumi Kawanishi, executive vice-president of Sony, as specified in the press release from the brand. This new entity will begin operations before the end of the year.
Nevertheless, we will have to show a little more patience before seeing the first concrete results of this collaboration. Indeed, the first products which will be resulting from it will not see the light of day before 2025. It will then be electric vehicles and mobility solutions, which will be sold in Japan, the United States, but also in Europe. Little information on this subject has been revealed, the press release specifies that these are products ” closely in tune with users and the environment « .
An upcoming electric car?
The roles of the two brands will then be well distributed, since Honda will be in charge of the development of the vehicles, while Sony will bring its expertise in terms of technologies and software. On the other hand, nothing is yet known about the first car which should see the light of day in about three years. Sony had indeed unveiled a Vision-S 02 concept last January, but nothing has been confirmed about mass production.
For its part, Honda, which will also have to comply with European Union rules in terms of banning the sale of thermal cars, had announced that it wanted to launch 30 new electric and hybrid cars by 2030. This partnership with Sony should then help it catch up in terms of electrification. It remains to be seen how the future products resulting from this joint venture will be named…
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