Sony and Honda are planning to develop an electric vehicle together
Sony and Honda have signed a memorandum of understanding that confirms their intent to partner on electric vehicles. A statement from the companies said that they plan to explore and further discuss the idea, with the deal still to be finalised. If they decide to go ahead, they would start the joint venture this year, forecasting 2025 as the year they would begin to sell EVs.
In the partnership, Honda will own the manufacturing of the first body of the vehicle while Sony uses its expertise in image sensing, telecommunication, network and entertainment technologies to build a mobility service platform.
This is not the first time that Sony has explored EVs; the Sony Vision-S EV concept was shown in 2020 and the Vision-S02 concept electric SUV was unveiled at CES 2022. At the same event, Sony announced Sony Mobility, a separate EV division of the company. It is unclear whether the company will continue with this alongside the potential joint venture.
Honda is also already involved in the EV space, with plans to launch e:N Architecture, an electric vehicle platform, and solid-state batteries by the end of the decade. All of these projects are part of Honda’s goal to only sell electric vehicles by 2040.