The Quebec government is supporting the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association’s (APMA) Project Arrow by providing financial support to companies involved in the development of the all-Canadian electric vehicle.
The province is dedicating $1.4 million over 18 months to small- and medium-sized businesses that make connected or autonomous zero-emission automotive components and systems, including those looking to get involved with Project Arrow.
The government says projects must meet the following criteria:
Be directly linked to the connected or autonomous zero-emission automotive industry;
Have the potential to be selected under APMA's Project Arrow initiative;
Has a maximum duration of 18 months and ends no later than March 31, 2023.
The financial assistance will be non-refundable, cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of the project and be no larger than $350,000 per project.
All requests must be written in French and be sent no later than Oct. 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., by email.
“The future of clean, connected mobility goes through Quebec,” APMA President Flavio Volpe said. “It’s leadership in technology, natural resources and infrastructure will serve Canada’s future well and it is an honour to partner with them to bring the country’s preeminent ZEV demonstration project to life.”
Quebec is the latest government to throw taxpayer money behind the project.
The federal government in August said it would contribute $5 million toward the all-electric utility vehicle’s development, money Volpe said the federal money will keep the program on track.
“We are currently on schedule for a physical concept to be on the road at the end of next year,” Volpe said.
The nonrepayable federal contribution is expected to support 80 jobs and 40 suppliers and tech firms, and leverage more than $6.6 million in other funding, as well as generate $50 million in additional investment, the government’s
news release said at the time.
More than 400 APMA members and outside firms, including about 30-40 from Quebec, signed up to participate in the project, which is intended to showcase the Canadian parts sector’s technology chops. Of those, 100 are expected to be brought on board. Volpe said three or four will be from Quebec.
There are also hopes that a completed, production-engineered concept will attract a domestic investor willing to build the Arrow to be sold to the public.
A virtual rendering of the Arrow is largely done, Volpe said.
A physical concept vehicle — along with a “digital twin” that would be the basis of production development — is to be completed and ready for the auto show circuit in 2022. Further development toward production would take place from 2023 to 2025.
The APMA launched Project Arrow — the name honours Canada’s ambitious but doomed effort in the 1950s to build a world- class jet interceptor — in 2019, inspired by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s call for Canada to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Steve Mertl contributed to this report.