Government of Canada invests $5M in Project Arrow, the first made-in-Canada electric vehicle

The federal government has announced it will invest $5 million into Project Arrow. The project is led by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (AMPA) and aims to build the first zero-emissions vehicle entirely in Canada.

The non-repayable funding will be provided through FedDev Ontario, which will support 80 jobs and generate an estimated $50 million in additional investment.

AMPA will use its connections in the automotive manufacturing industry to bring together key industry and academic partners in southern Ontario to facilitate Project Arrow. The partners will work together to design, engineer and build a connected and autonomous zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) concept car and a digital twin.

The digital version is currently being developed at the Institute of Border Logistics and Security’s Virtual Reality Cave. It will be used for testing and validating connected and autonomous (CAV) technologies before they are integrated into the physical car.

Project Arrow was first announced at CES 2020 show last year. The final design of the vehicle came from a group of four students from the School of Industrial Design in Ottawa.

They beat out 20 other entrants from across Canada with their ‘Traction” concept EV, which is pictured above. You can read more about their design here.

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