AK Motor reaches out to partners for Canadian EV
- September 12, 2021
As AK Motor International develops its plans for the Canadian Maple Majestic Canadian all-electric vehicle (EV) the company is now reaching out to recruit parts suppliers and technology developers.
The Maple Majestic is still on the drawing board, but industry observers say that, if the plans come to fruition, the all-Canadian EV could be a watershed for Canada’s automotive industry.
AK Motor International, a startup founded by Arkadiusz Kaminski, is part of the Canadian Automotive New Utilities (CANU) group. The company says that the car is intended to become Canada's flagship brand of automobiles for the world market. A key element of the company’s approach is to secure as many Canadian partners as possible.
“The Maple Majestic vehicle is being developed using external suppliers for components and assembly services, as well as technological innovations and academia,” AK Motor says. “The Maple Majestic EV project is divided into module packages which represent complete projects for leading suppliers with expertise in these areas. AK Motor is providing an opportunity for these companies to effectively take ownership of these modules, and to unleash the full power of their creative potential. In using this strategy, AK Motor is reaching out to parts suppliers for opportunities in cooperation.”
The company says its supplier/partner outreach is focused particularly on members of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA).
AK Motor has already made use of the advanced simulation capabilities of the “Virtual Reality Cave,” located in Windsor, ON. The Windsor-Essex region is a designated Regional Technology Development Site. The facility is operated by Invest Windsor Essex and was created with support from the province of Ontario's Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network.
“Working with the Simulation Team at the Invest WindsorEssex VR Cave allows for the immersive visualization of the Maple Majestic virtual prototype to showcase how the vehicle will transform through its pre-production journey,” AK Motor says.