The RFP process has launched for Project Arrow 2.0, the next phase in building Canada’s first zero-emission concept vehicle.
In this next phase the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) is looking for suppliers and ecosystem partners to join Team Canada in building a small fleet of 10-20 zero-emission concept vehicles.
The way Flavio Volpe, president of APMA, sees it, Arrow 2.0 will exist as a series of unique vehicles, each encompassing a customized blend of talent and innovation. No two Arrow 2.0s need to be alike, generating a host of possibilities.
“We’ve got a series of different options. Let’s call it Arrow 2.1 and 2.2 and 2.3 to be the showcase for how you lightweight an EV. And it might be that in Windsor, you do something with advanced propulsion, so that would be Arrow 2.4. Certainly, across this country, there are clusters that need to come into play here,” Volpe recently told Electric Autonomy.
Volpe also told Electric Autonomy that the Arrow should be seen as a conversation starter that acts as the catalyst for knitting together industries and players that need to be communicating as transportation moves towards electrification.
“We’d love to see that this Arrow 2.0, while it may be founded by the APMA and coordinated by the APMA, is driven by some of the partners that want to show what Canadian technology, people and policies can do to move to emissions in a thoughtful, but also profitable way. I think that’s the challenge we all have to take on if we’re going to get anywhere close to the targets [for EV adoption] the government has set.”
The deadlines for the RFP applications are:
Non-member: March 31st, 2024
APMA member: April 15th, 2024
Visit APMA’s new Project Arrow Website to submit your RFP.