The first national electric car will be built in CanadaJanuary 19, 2021
The all-electric crossover was named Project Arrow. The project is underway.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) called for suppliers to help build a Canadian electric vehicle. The futuristic vehicle in question is the winner of a competition organized by the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association of Canada to develop a national electric vehicle concept. It was created by the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and is due to be built this year.
“We challenged design schools across the country to conceptualize car design and the response was great. Watching young minds go forward and cope with the Covid-19 pandemic has been inspiring. Their design ideas would make any global OEM studio proud, ”said Colin Dillon, Chief Technology Officer, APMA.
Nine entries were submitted for the competition, three of which made it to the final before the Carleton University School of Industrial Design project was selected. This concludes the first of four phases of the project, which should lead to the construction of an electric vehicle in 2022.
Canada is keen to deliver on its promise of green cars, but its automotive sector is substantially dominated by global brands while the country has no domestic cars. The Canadian and Ontario governments are currently trying to get Ford to modernize their plant to start producing electric vehicles in Ontario. Ford has pledged to build 5 electric models in Canada. Most likely, these will be Lincoln models based on the Mustang Mach-E, currently being produced in Mexico.
Surprisingly, in 1893 Canada was home to one of the first electric vehicles. Hopefully, as the number of electric vehicles grows, projects like these will lead to Canada introducing a new automaker to the world and completing a full cycle. Project Arrow will not go into production, but will be shown at auto dealerships.
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