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Project Arrow: a 100% Canadian electric vehicle takes shape

The Canadian auto industry is not lacking in expertise and resources. The country is capable of producing all kinds of vehicles and parts for around 20 manufacturers.

At the start of 2020, the Association of Automobile Parts Manufacturers (APMA) issued a challenge to businesses and post-secondary institutions: to imagine an electric vehicle concept that would be 100% Canadian. Named “Project Arrow” in honor of the 1950s Canadian Avro Arrow fighter plane, we now have an idea of what it will look like.

Nine full proposals were submitted and the design that was selected is that of the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University in Ottawa. A total of 93 Canadian companies are involved in the project, which has just entered the engineering phase.

Photo: APMA

Unsurprisingly, the vehicle takes the form of a compact SUV – by far the most popular kind on the market now and arguably for years to come as well. And naturally, in a country where two provinces have already announced their intention to ban the sale of gasoline vehicles, Quebec in 2035 and British Columbia in 2040, the Arrow is also 100% electric.

The lines are quite futuristic. The huge glass roof is framed by spars that merge with the “floating” rear spoiler, ultra-thin headlights stretch across the entire side of the hood, while the exterior mirrors are replaced by cameras. As for the propeller-shaped rims, they do not fail to attract attention either.

As this is a style study only, no technical element has yet been addressed. The concept will be presented virtually in 2021 and live the following year thanks to a team led by the University of Ontario’s Institute of Technology. He will then tour auto shows and other major exhibitions … assuming the pandemic will be history, of course.

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Photo: APMA

Flavio Volpe, president of APMA, estimates the construction cost of the concept at nearly $ 2 million. Developing it for mass production would require an investment of at least $ 1 billion, he said.

However, it is still too early to talk about production, says Volpe, who still leaves the door wide open to any company here that wants to take the reins and manufacture Arrow in significant numbers.

To find out more, just visit the site projectarrow.ca.

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