Automotive News Canada - February 2024 - 17

* FEBRUARY 2024
17
Project Arrow's next target? A fleet of Arrows
Supplier association
plans more vehicles
to show off the skills
of more Canadian
companies
By GREG LAYSON
DIGITAL AND MOBILE EDITOR
PROJECT ARROW, AN ALLCanadian
electric vehicle built
by 60 suppliers, has inspired the
Automotive
Parts Manufacturers'
Association
(APMA)
to
have far more
suppliers build
a fleet of as
many as 20 similar
vehicles.
On Nov.
29, APMA
President
Flavio Volpe
announced
Project Arrow
2.0 - an expanded
Arrow program
- at the
COP28 Climate
Conference in
Volpe:
Although
only one
Arrow was
built, there
was enough
supplier
interest to
build several.
FILE PHOTO
Dubai, saying the original project
landed suppliers $500 million
worth of new business.
The vehicle, unveiled in
January 2023 at CES in Las
Vegas, Nev., after two years
of development, was a $20 million
venture with backing from
the Ontario Vehicle Innovation
Network, FedDev Ontario,
Investissement Quebec and 60
private-sector companies, most
of which supply the auto industry.
Volpe
has repeatedly called
Project Arrow " a rolling business
card " for the Canadian
auto industry, and Arrow 2.0
means that, by 2026, the APMA
could have many more such
vehicles circulating the globe.
The biggest impact of the
project is that it gave smaller
suppliers " the type of exposure
some [large] suppliers - like
Magna, Linamar, Martinrea
and Woodbridge - get on their
own, " Volpe said.
MORE SUPPLIERS, MORE CARS
Arrow 2.0 will take a similar
approach but showcase different
companies to build the additional
vehicles.
" Hundreds of suppliers
instead of dozens " will work on
the next iterations, Volpe said,
adding that the APMA could
have built three or four Arrows
the first time around had it
involved every supplier that
applied to participate.
tive subassembly methods and
advanced manufacturing technologies, "
and the association
said it will work with municipalities
and academic institutions
" to provide a test bed for
research and a cooperative network
to tackle ecosystem challenges. "
Requests
for proposals opened
at CES in Las Vegas in January.
EMPHASIS ON WHAT'S INSIDE
New Project Arrow vehicles
would resemble the original,
pictured, but with " all the
advancements in materials
sciences, propulsion
technology, collective
autonomous vehicles
and different ergonomic
configurations, " said Flavio
Volpe, president of the
Automotive Parts Manufacturers'
Association. FILE PHOTOS
The expanded program plans
to address more than just vehicle
manufacturing, he said, calling
it " an ecosystem play. "
" Project Arrow 2.0 aims to
address Canada's electric-vehicle
ecosystem's pressing challenges,
including supply-chain
disruptions, mineral-production
capacity and cybersecurity
threats, " the APMA said in a
release.
" This next phase aspires to
be a multisectoral innovation
hub, using a fleet of specially
designed vehicles to foster
advancements in EV technology
and policy development. "
To assemble the vehicles, the
APMA plans to seek " innovaFrom
the outside, the new
vehicles are expected to look like
the original Arrow. Money
won't be spent on designing
a new body or frame.
" We will be progressing
the technology within the
vehicle, " Volpe said. " We
will be exploring all the
advancements in materials
sciences, propulsion technology,
collective autonomous
vehicles and different
ergonomic configurations. "
The
focus will also be
on software improvements and
making the vehicle lighter.
" There are two halves to
this, " Volpe said. " One is for
the suppliers, and the other half
is for all those technology companies
and all those ecosystem
partners that have been banging
on our door for the last year. "
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