Like most car companies, Honda is busy producing a new generation of electric vehicles, with ambitious plans for a zero-emissions future. In 2024, Honda will introduce the Prologue, an all-electric SUV that will be the first of Honda’s battery-electric vehicles. With the 2024 Honda Prologue, the Japanese automaker hopes to change the perception that it has not been a leader in EV innovation.
Honda’s lineup of battery electric vehicles
General Motors and Honda have a partnership for future EV vehicles. GM will engineer the powertrains and the platform, and Honda will design the body and interiors. The Prologue will have the Acura as its counterpart, and the two will share battery systems. Both SUVs will be based on the BEV3 EV architecture and Ultium battery system. So, with General Motors and Honda sharing platforms, costs will be brought down on all of the EV parts of the vehicles. The plan is to build the cars in North America at a GM plant expressly set up for EV production.
If the Honda Prologue is on the same platform as the Cadillac Lyriq luxury electric SUV, which is expected, the Ultium battery will be paired with a single rear-mounted permanent magnet electric motor. It will deliver 340 horsepower, along with 325 lp-ft of torque. Since the 2024 Prologue will be an electric SUV, all-wheel drive is expected. This may include an additional (and optional) front motor.
Car and Driver reports that in 10 minutes of charging, the Cadillac Lyriq can get 80 miles of range. Home charging capability is expected, and that will get around 30 miles of charge in an hour. The 300-mile range on a full charge is comparable to all-electric compact SUVs currently on the market.
How much will the 2024 Honda Prologue cost?
According to Kelley Blue Book, the base model of the Honda Prologue is expected to cost $45,000. According to Car and Driver, the Prologue will use the same 100 kWh battery as the Cadillac Lyriq will have, along with a range of about 300 miles on a full charge. Vehicles can be charged at a home station or at a charging station network across the country.
It is speculated that the Prologue will be a small SUV, possibly with three rows of seating. Although details are not fully known, MotorTrend reports that the 2024 Honda Prologue will have all the practicality modern buyers expect, with functionality for drivers’ diverse needs.
Honda’s other alternative fuel vehicles
Since the Honda Clarity Electric is no longer available, the 2024 Honda Prologue will be the only 100% electric vehicle from the manufacturer sold in the U.S. The Prologue stands apart from the current Honda lineup, which only consists of gas and hybrid vehicles, including the Honda Insight, Accord Hybrid, and CR-V Hybrid models.
Honda’s previous electric vehicle attempts were the Honda Fit EV-Plus in 1997, the Honda Fit EV in 2012, the Honda MC-B in 2014, and the Honda Clarity Electric in 2016. The Clarity Electric ran on a 161-horsepower electric motor with 221 lb-ft of torque. It drew from a 25.5 kWh battery pack and could be charged in three hours.
For its future all-electric EV lineup, Honda has partnered with General Motors and will use a global EV platform and Ultium batteries used in the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq. After 2025, Honda plans to develop a new, modular chassis for its EVs. The Honda Prologue is the beginning of Honda’s all-electric vehicles to help the company meet its goal of zero emissions by 2040.