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Canada takes aim at its first electric car with Project Arrow

Canada takes aim at its first ...
With a keen eye on a cleaner future, Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) has revealed the designs for its very own electric vehicle
With a keen eye on a cleaner future, Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) has revealed the designs for its very own electric vehicle
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With a keen eye on a cleaner future, Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) has revealed the designs for its very own electric vehicle
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With a keen eye on a cleaner future, Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) has revealed the designs for its very own electric vehicle
Project Arrow was announced back in January at CES 2020
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Project Arrow was announced back in January at CES 2020
All going to plan, APMA hopes to tour and release the Project Arrow car in 2022
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All going to plan, APMA hopes to tour and release the Project Arrow car in 2022
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With a keen eye on a cleaner future, Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) has revealed the designs for its very own electric vehicle. To be the first original Canadian-built zero-emissions car, the Project Arrow Concept is hoped to not just culminate in an environmentally-friendly, next-gen vehicle, but help fast-track the country’s capacity to produce electric cars.

Project Arrow was actually announced back in January at CES 2020, with the first phase of the program calling for design submissions for the zero-emissions vehicle. APMA has now settled on a winning design dreamt up by researchers at Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design in Ontario, which it says “properly showcases Canada’s leadership in this space.”

There are no specs to speak of at this time, but it is hoped the effort to turn this virtual design into a real vehicle will bring about some key improvements across Canada’s automotive sector. This includes increasing its development capacity of electric vehicles, promoting the growth of the electric vehicle supply chain and bringing new support to research and development of key technologies in academic environments.

All going to plan, APMA hopes to tour and release the Project Arrow car in 2022
All going to plan, APMA hopes to tour and release the Project Arrow car in 2022

This could include things like new forms of propulsion, battery management systems, fuel cell efficiency, autonomous navigation systems, advanced materials and new-age cockpit designs. APMA hopes that private companies and academic institutions will team up with them on the effort, with a more detailed virtual concept to be unveiled some time in 2021.

“We feel privileged to be making our mark on the growing Canadian auto industry while playing our part in pushing towards a zero emissions future,” says Kaj Hallgrimsson, from Carleton University. “We designed this vehicle to represent what Canada is all about and can’t wait to see it on our roads someday.”

All going to plan, APMA hopes to tour and release the Project Arrow car in 2022. You can hear from those involved with it in the video below.

Project Arrow 10.13.20 | Project Arrow Design Introduction

Source: APMA

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11 comments
RonFaldik
I love the way the rear spoiler is built into the roof along with the 2 door look
Aross
I hope that they include swap-able battery packs in the design and come up with a way to create heat for window deicing and winter driving that does not severely impact the range per charge of the car.
bwana4swahili
Hope it works out better than the Avro Arrow of the late '50's...
Username
By choosing "Arrow" as the project's name they set an extremely high bar for themselves. Or they're being jerks.
JD
A somewhat less than polished presentation, but clearly they're enthusiastic. I love the design which kind of speaks for itself. Let's hope that the executives in charge of this project refine their telepresence and blue screening, as they will be the face of the product. One has only to consider the impact Steve Jobs had in selling Millions on what was arguably the repackaging of existing technology into an Ikea like presentation. Best of luck though! I would most likely support this project when it reaches fruition.
Dave X
I hope it's cheaper than a Tesla, but I won't hold my breath for an affordable and good-looking electric vehicle.
TechGazer
I consider an electric vehicle not an option for me, because I spend about half the year at sub-zero temperatures, and I don't have a heated garage or a grid connection. The Tesla does work in cold climates, but it does require considerable extra power consumption for heating the batteries to a suitable temperature. Until there's a suitable battery that handles low temperatures, EVs won't be suitable for lengthy outdoor stays. If you limit yourself to drives from heated parking to heated parking, they're probably ok.
Terry O'Leary
Nice but a 4 seater compact truck would sell like hot cakes to the suburbanites.
nick101
Cold temperatures and electric vehicles aren't a good mix, as someone has mentioned swappable battery packs already I won't bother, a propane powered heater would be a good addition but that would involve fossil fuels and the purists can't abide that.
Stan Mitchell
cast aluminum frame ,with plastic panels would be a good idea