Canada's Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) is preparing to develop a national electric car by deploying all its members. The electric car project is called Project Arrow, which was the name of the project for the manufacture of a national fighter aircraft.
For the first time, APMA floated the idea of creating an electric car that was fully developed in Canada, from conception to production last year at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). roadshow and participate in the CES 2023 event.
Frasier Dunn, head of the Project Arrow team, said his team was working on making a crossover body with eight large stamps using a cutting technique.
For the front and rear, Project Arrow will take inspiration from the Tesla Model Y. “The basic virtual design concept will be embodied into the prototype. Structural elements that are usually hidden behind plastic trim will be showcased as part of the design,” Dunn was quoted as saying by Autoblog. , Sunday (2/2/2022).
Project Arrow is likely to prototype an electric crossover with the aim of competing with the Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4.
Canadian companies Martinrea International and NanoXplore, which form an electric battery company called VoltaXplore, are likely to be suppliers of the car battery.
APMA represents about 90% of Canadian auto suppliers and more than 400 of its members have expressed an interest in being part of Project Arrow. The developer targets to be able to release this product to the market in 2025.
The Canadian government itself has injected a budget of US $ 3.9 million into the project. Even so, with the development of APMA financing, Project Arrow is somewhat constrained by spare parts and funds. “We're going to design a car to the exact specifications that we can do as OEMs,” Dunn said.