The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association’s Project Arrow remains on track for its January 2023 world premiere as the engineering team closes in on finalizing the design of the electric concept vehicle built with Canadian-made components.
In a project update March 29, APMA Chief Technical Officer Colin Dhillon said of the more than 500 companies and organizations that registered to participate in the project, roughly 55 will see their parts or systems featured on the physical prototype.
“For a project like this to try and bring all 500, if they were relevant, would be a tremendous challenge,” Dhillon said, pointing to the limitations of the prototype, compared to a production vehicle with “thousands of components.”
The APMA plans to detail all of the parts and technology providers that will comprise the concept vehicle in the months ahead, and Dhillon noted the list of Canadian suppliers contributing to Project Arrows runs the gamut.
“Some of the names there will be familiar, others won’t. There’s a lot of new start-ups and medium- and small-sized enterprises that are stepping up and providing some great solutions.”
The industry group is also planning an augmented reality tool to showcase in more detail the components that make up the prototype, or other Canadian-made technology that could have been used as part of the concept.
Currently, Dhillon said, the team is working to finalize the last 30 to 40 per cent of the parts and systems on the vehicle. It has been “frozen” on the exterior surfaces for several months, he noted, and “very few” areas on the vehicle’s interior are left undone.
Sticking to earlier design cues, the project team continues to target a simple, clean look on the EV. The concept will include four seats, a pair of 27-inch touchscreen displays and a frunk. It will also employ a number of innovative electronic and digital systems, such as automotive ethernet, and a suite of cybersecurity solutions from seven Canadian providers.
Project Arrow remains on track to wrap up its engineering and build phase in December and the prototype is scheduled to make its debut at CES 2023 in early January. The APMA said it had already secured floor space at the Las Vegas show for the launch.
Among a host of other North American stops already planned for the concept vehicle’s 2023 tour are the Montreal International Auto Show and the Canadian International AutoShow.