Sony and Honda plan to begin US deliveries of their electric vehicle in 2026

Yasuhide Mizuno, chairman and CEO of Sony Honda Mobility Inc., speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 13, 2022.

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The sony-The electric-vehicle-focused Honda joint venture plans to begin deliveries to the United States and Japan in 2026.

Sony Honda Mobility, as it is known, aims to start taking pre-orders for its vehicle in the first half of 2025 and hopes to start sales before the end of this year. “For sales, SHM plans to focus on online sales,” said a statement released Thursday.

Deliveries to the United States are expected to begin in the spring of 2026, with deliveries to the Japanese market taking place in the second half of the same year.

SHM said it aims to develop “level 3 automated driving in limited conditions and enable level 2+ driver assistance in even more situations such as urban driving”.

Five levels of driving automation have been defined by SAE International, an association of technical experts and engineers. On its website, the SAE refers to Level 2 as providing “partial driving automation”.

At level 3, the automated driving functions “can drive the vehicle under limited conditions and will only work if all the required conditions are met”.

If asked to do so, drivers must take control of Level 3 vehicles. The SAE says an example of Level 3 driving would be a “traffic jam driver”.

SHM said it will also seek to explore “new entertainment possibilities through digital innovations such as the Metaverse.”

Thursday’s announcement, which confirmed that SHM had now been established, did not contain information about the vehicle’s range or cost, but said it would be built at a price Honda plant in North America.

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This week’s news builds on previous communications regarding the joint venture.

In March 2022, the two firms signed a memorandum of understanding centered on a “strategic alliance” in the field of mobility. In June, a joint venture agreement for the creation of Sony Honda Mobility was signed.

In April, Honda announced plans to roll out 30 electric vehicle models globally by 2030. The auto powerhouse said it would allocate about 5 trillion Japanese yen (about $33.9 billion) electrification and what she calls “software technologies”.

Honda’s electric vehicle plans put it in competition with companies like Elon Musk You’re here as well as companies like volkswagen, Ford and Stellantide. In 2020, Sony showed off a prototype electric car at a press event during CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

According to the International Energy Agency, sales of electric vehicles are expected to reach a record high this year.

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