When Honda enlisted the help of General Motors to make electric vehicles (as well as build them alongside GM’s in America), virtually all electric vehicles sold in the United States were eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit. Now the requirements have changed and foreign-built electric cars are no longer eligible, but Honda’s new Prologue EV is, especially since it will actually be made by GM.
With the enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act, the stated goal is to make EVs more affordable and easier to buy, but that only applies to vehicles that have been finalized in North America. This means that models like the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, Genesis GV60, Toyota bZ4X and the Subaru Solterra don’t get the $7,500 discount that GM’s own Ultium-based EVs get, for example.
Honda certainly couldn’t have predicted and planned this in advance, but now the Japanese manufacturer is sure to reap the benefits when both the Prologue and Acura ZDX electric crossovers hit the market in 2024. This will, of course, give them an edge over their competitor models that are not eligible for the tax credit and make the two models extra appealing in the eyes of buyers.
The Prologue is similar in size to the Chevrolet Blazer EV, while the ZDX will be closer in size to the Cadillac Lyriq and aim for a higher price range. Both will be built on different versions of the GM Ultium platform, and both will be built in North America, although the exact locations have yet to be announced.
We’ve already fully exposed the Honda Prologue 2024, both inside and out, and it’s not the most exciting design we’ve seen recently. Other than that, though, we barely know anything about it – all Honda has said so far is that there will be four-wheel drive versions of it, but not much else – we don’t even know if the base version will be front- or rear-wheel drive, as it Ultium platform supports both.
In fact, the mechanically related Chevy Blazer will be available with front, rear and all-wheel drive, and Honda may take a similar approach, though it doesn’t seem likely given the tendency of Japanese automakers to keep their model structures simple. It could just be sold as a four-wheel drive model, although again, looking at what competitors are doing, there will likely be multiple drivetrain options on offer.