A few years ago, two top executives of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association of Canada (APMA) looked for ways to promote the country’s auto industry, a sector the organization says employs more than 100 000 people and sold more than 35 billion dollars of parts in 2018. They then decide to create a new electric vehicle entirely developed in Canada, from design to production. At the consumer electronics fair 2020, APMA announced the name of the effort: Project arrow. The plane now has a digital avatar that features a virtual design for a battery-powered electric crossover. If all goes well in 2022, there will be a full-size prototype ready to go on tour starting at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show.
The name Project Arrow is a reminder to Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow, a high-speed military interceptor aircraft created in Canada in the late 1950s. The Flèche was a controversial source of national pride; the Canadian government canceled the plane after the prototypes broke several records. The real reasons for the cancellation are still debated.
Four students at Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design in Ottawa designed the exterior and interior based on a concept called ‘traction’, turning it into a 360-degree digital design with the help of virtual reality cave at the Border Logistics Institute. The crosses of EV startups appear to merge into an archetypal form, with Project Arrow appearing to come from the same family tree that sprouted the Fisker Ocean and the VinFast e35. This Canadian entry is just as neat, practical and efficient, sized between the Tesla Model Y and the Model X.
The cave is where Project Arrow will be executed through simulations of its connected, autonomous technology before those features reach the physical vehicle. Before that, engineers strive to make the design as cost effective and easy to produce as possible. The team is led by Chief Engineer Frasier Dunn, former head of Aston Martin’s special projects, working on cars like the Vulcan and Valkyrie. Dunn Recount Automotive News Canada that his team work on creating the crossover body with eight large laser-welded stamps, with huge magnesium castings forming the front and rear frames, taking inspiration from the Tesla Model Y. On the outside, the concept basic virtual design will be worked into the prototype without adding anything superfluous. “Even structural elements that are normally hidden behind plastic trim will be exposed and become part of the design,” Dunn said. Sliding front and rear doors, while ideal for small parking spaces, are almost guaranteed to be production-only.
The APMA represents about 90% of auto suppliers in Canada and said more than 400 of its members have expressed interest in being a part of Project Arrow. The development team is already reviewing responses to supplier tenders to develop the prototype, sorting out agreements and scope of work contracts with several dozen. What we expect to see in a year is an electric crossover prototype aimed at competing with the Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4, and which can be produced cost-effectively at a cost of between 40,000 and 60,000. dollars for 60,000 annual units. production.
Canadian companies Martinrea International and NanoXplore have formed a joint venture drums company called VoltaXplore. This equipment supplies the battery, which is made up of cylindrical cells using technology developed in part at Ontario Tech University and the Automotive Center of Excellence. Because the team wants to produce an electric vehicle suitable for year-round use in Canada, we’re told there will be new preconditioning and thermal control for the pack, as well as a low-heat heating system. energy consumption for the passenger compartment. The crossover will also consider a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain.
When it comes to technology, CUV is a follower of CASE, an acronym for Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric. The developers are targeting what they think will be in the market in 2025, which is things like SAE Level 3 range and the ability to share the car when not in use. the The Canadian government has put $ 5 million CAD (US $ 3.9M) in the project. Despite this, with the development of APMA funding, the organization is somewhat constrained by what vendors can provide based on program specifications and funds. Dunn said: “We kind of have to cut the fabric that is given to us instead of designing the car to exact specs and whatever we would normally do as an OEM.”