Sony and Honda Form 'New Company' to Manufacture EVs

Both Sony and Honda have unique and interesting technological contributions to bring to the electric vehicle market.
Written by Serena Aburahma
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Mar 19, 2022
The
government has stepped in
to offer incentives to push the production and purchase of
electric vehicles
over gasoline-powered ones. Many automakers are getting in on exclusively providing EVs to protect the environment. 
However, a partnership is in the works with two interesting companies. How will the joint venture work?

What have Sony and Honda cooked up behind the scenes?

The two most unusual companies, Sony and Honda, recently partnered together to start building electric vehicles. The company the two are forming doesn't have a name yet, not exactly anyway. The press release posted about its adventure just calls it the "New Company." 
According to
CNET
, the joint partnership has plans to develop battery electric vehicles, but no date has been set when Sony and Honda will begin to bring designs on paper to the production line. The hope is, at this point, to get things moving by the end of this year. 
Sony and Honda also hope to get the first electric offerings on the market by 2025. Most of the production will come from Honda, though, but Sony will be heavily involved in the planning, designing, and development stages. 

What will Sony and Honda bring to this new venture?

Honda brings the production side of things, as they have had gasoline-powered vehicles for years. While they haven't produced any fully electric cars yet, the brand has
dabbled with them in the past
. In 1997, the EV Plus came out, which was pretty revolutionary at the time for a major manufacturer like Honda. 
In 1999, Honda developed the Insight, which was the brand's first hybrid vehicle. Not long after that, the automaker produced the FCX, which ran on fuel cell technology instead of gasoline or electric powertrain. 
Sony should bring entertainment technologies as well as imaging and telecommunications. As CNET explains, it sounds like Sony will provide the "in-cabin experience." This could include parking sensors, streaming technology, and other useful apps.

Sony's experience in the electric vehicle game

While Sony doesn't have any footprints in the electric vehicle game, the brand has dipped a toe into the market before. Recently, Sony announced plans in the works for a couple of electric vehicles with its name attached. 
First, there's the
Vision S-01 sedan
, and second, there's the Vision S-02 SUV. Both of them are reportedly going to have two electric motors that will produce 536 hp when combined. 
They will also have a level two autonomous driving system, which will require constant attention to the road. But, the brand hopes to go fully autonomous in the future when the technology improves. 
Of course, Sony does electronics well, so it's no surprise that the brand wants to get into the electric vehicle game, especially since it's becoming more popular nowadays. Other automakers are announcing production goals for the future when the companies will start selling only EVs. 
So, the timing would be right for Sony to enter the market as well. 

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