Just this past January, Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) unveiled the country’s first home-grown electric vehicle, Project Arrow. And now, the association says it is starting on version 2.0, set to include more Canadian suppliers and more vehicles.
The idea behind the first Project Arrow was to showcase Canada’s automotive supply industry, with 60 companies supplying almost everything the EV needed to be built. According to Flavio Volpe, the head of the APMA, it was such a resounding success that the next version will involve more suppliers with up to 20 vehicles being built.
The announcement was made at the COP28 Climate Conference in Dubai this week. Volpe told Automotive News that the original Project Arrow garnered its suppliers up to $500 million in additional business, so having more suppliers and more vehicles could potentially increase that number.
The vehicles would look essentially like the original EV, but the technology underneath the skin would be updated and improved. As well, different suppliers could make the same parts for different vehicles, which Volpe says would increase data that they could share with partners.