The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association has chosen three finalists for its Project Arrow design competition, a program aimed at building an all-Canadian zero-emissions vehicle as a way to showcase the country’s auto industry.
The trio of finalists was chosen from nine submissions made in the spring. They are:
- The Sea to Sky Electric’s E-Nova, submitted by Marie-Pier Alary and Bailey van Rikxoort from the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, B.C.;
- The Archer, submitted by Stephen Bykowy of Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto;
- And the Traction, submitted by Kaj Hallgrimsson, Jun-Won Kim, Mina Morcos and Matthew Schuetz at Carleton University in Ottawa.
The Project Arrow judges panel was tasked with reviewing the submissions and selecting the three finalists.
The panel is a diverse group of industry leaders in automotive design, engineering, propulsion and creativity. The judges are:
- Ralph Gilles, head of design, FCA;
- Sarah Houde, CEO, Propulsion Quebec;
- Ray Tanguay, former president of Toyota Canada;
- Danny Stillion, partner and executive design director of IDEO;
- Grace Quan, president and CEO of Hydrogen in Motion Inc.;
- Michael Hainsworth, TV, radio and internet presenter;
- Flavio Volpe, president of APMA;
- Thomas Heermann, associate vide-president of automotive and conceptual design at Autodesk;
- Colin Singh Dhillon, chief technical officer at APMA.
“Project Arrow serves as a call to action to Canadian automotive parts manufacturers to design and develop the next generation of transportation for their country,” Gilles said in a statement. “I am honoured to be part of their judging panel and will be reviewing from both a creative and analytical thought process.”
The finalists now move forward to Phase 2: engineering.
Project Arrow is the APMA’s response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s call to action for a net-zero emission economy by 2050. Envisioned as an all-Canadian, zero-emissions, lightweight, concept vehicle to debut in 2022, it was unveiled at CES2020 in Las Vegas, and will serve to highlight Canada’s automotive technology cluster.