Like other automakers,
Honda is looking to electrify much of its lineup by 2030. We've seen the all-electric
Honda Prologue SUV and have heard its plans for an electrified Acura model, but we still haven't heard much about Honda’s plans to produce an electric truck.
So what would a Honda electric truck look like? One Honda enthusiast attempted to answer just that with an illustration of a Honda Ridgeline reimagined as an all-electric pick-up.
An artist's interpretation of a Honda electric truck
Inside EVs reports, designer Rene Garcia rendered an interpretation of what a futuristic all-electric Honda Ridgeline could look like. Using a previous-generation Ridgeline as the base for the model, Garcia created what could possibly be mistaken for a next-gen concept vehicle from the automaker itself.
With bold styling choices including coach doors, recessed headlights and a full-size opening rear panel that grants bed access to the cab, it's definitely a fanciful idea of what could possibly be.
Will this Honda electric truck ever actually happen?
Honda has already announced its intentions to build an electric truck to compete in a segment that's seen top contenders adding EVs to its truck lineups. If the automaker's naming conventions for its previously announced Prologue are any indicator, it might not opt for the Ridgeline name for its electric pickup.
But then again, that could be because the automaker is working with GM on that particular SUV—partnership that could potentially bring an electrified Ridgeline to market.
Honda's EV ambitions with GM
As previously reported, Honda and General Motors are
co-developing a line of affordable electric compact SUVs for the U.S. market by 2027. Honda is already reported to be adopting GM’s EV platform for two of its 2024 electric SUVs.
While Honda has announced two EVs using GM's Ultium EV platform—the Prologue and a yet-unnamed Acura SUV—what are the chances that that partnership could extend to trucks?
GM is electrifying its best-selling Chevy Silverado and will likely follow suit with the Chevy Colorado if the market receives it well enough.
Could GM partnership mean a Honda electric truck?
The Honda Ridgeline and Chevy Colorado are both midsize trucks (by contemporary definitions) with similar body configurations. Is it possible that this EV partnership between Honda and GM could help bring electrified versions of the Ridgeline and Colorado to market more rapidly?
Maybe, though until one of these automakers confirms or denies that speculation, it remains just that. Honda has previously noted that it plans to develop its largest electric vehicle platform
on its own, which would likely be the basis for its SUVs—and possibly the Ridgeline.
The future of electric trucks
Still, it'd be great to see that kind of endeavor pan out, especially if it means it'll help bring down the cost of electric pick-up trucks in general.
What this author would love to see even more, though, are some more practical electrified trucks that aren't essentially an SUV with a short truck bed. Give us an affordable electric pick-up with an 8-foot bed and you can pretty much just take my money right now.