Sony exploring joint venture with Honda to launch electric cars

Sony teased us lately with the reveal of electrical sedan and crossover ideas, and now the Japanese electronics big has introduced it’s exploring a three way partnership to develop, construct, and promote electrical autos with Honda.

Sony and Honda introduced on Friday they’re negotiating to ascertain a three way partnership firm that can oversee the event and gross sales of EVs and mobility companies. The 2 firms have solely signed a Memorandum of Understanding, however they anticipate their three way partnership to be in operation as quickly as this 12 months and the primary car to be accessible in 2025.

Autos bought by the three way partnership would profit from Honda’s expertise in car manufacturing and after-sales administration, and Sony’s expertise in imaging, sensing and connectivity applied sciences, the 2 firms mentioned in an announcement.

Sony Vision-S 02 concept

Sony Imaginative and prescient-S 02 idea

The three way partnership would not have its personal crops, although. As a substitute, it could depend on Honda crops for manufacturing. Sony in the meantime would develop a mobility service platform for the three way partnership. Particulars of the mobility companies weren’t talked about.

We additionally have no particulars on what autos may very well be developed by the three way partnership, although we all know Sony has been testing prototypes based mostly on its Imaginative and prescient-S electrical sedan idea first proven in 2020. Sony this 12 months additionally confirmed a crossover counterpart dubbed the Imaginative and prescient-S 02, with each autos designed round a modular EV platform sourced from Magna Steyr, the identical Austrian firm that provides a platform for the Fisker Ocean. Magna will deal with manufacturing of the Ocean, ranging from November.

If all goes to plan, Sony may turn into the primary within the tech area to supply its personal automotive, although Huawei has additionally talked about plans to launch its personal automotive in 2025, and each Apple and Xiaomi have hinted at their very own automotive plans.

Editor’s word: This story has been up to date to make clear that Sony and Honda did not announce they are going to develop a three way partnership however as a substitute introduced plans to discover one.

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