The all-electric Project Arrow SUV is starting to take shape here in Canada. The vehicle, the brainchild of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association (APMA), will be bigger than the Model Y but slightly smaller than the Model X.
Project Arrow is a made-in-Canada SUV looking to break into the SUV market. The association hopes to sell up to 60,000 units annually at a cost between $40,000 and $60,000.
The Project Arrow SUV will be made up of eight mega-stampings that are laser-welded together. It will also feature magnesium mega-castings for the front and rear frames, according to APMA chief technical officer Fraser Dunn who spoke with Automotive News.
In addition, the batteries onboard the Project Arrow will be from Canada as well. The association is planning to use cylindrical cells from VoltaXplore. VoltaXplore is a Quebec-based joint venture company between Martinrea International and Montreal-based NanoXxplore.
Moreover, the project hopes to reach level 3 autonomy in driver assistance. However, the association did not release any other details.
Currently, the vehicle is still in prototype, and the association is going through statements of work and supplier agreements with dozens of its members.
More than 400 companies expressed interest in taking part in the project.
The APMA hopes to unveil a drivable prototype in December 2022, potentially showcasing the vehicle at CES 2023.