Ian Wright, CarBuzz
January 18, 2021
The call has gone out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year for suppliers to help build an all Canadian EV. The futuristic car in question is the winning design for a competition set by Canada’s Automobile Parts Manufacturers’ Association to design a national EV concept. It was created by Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design in Ottawa, Ontario, and is set to be built this year.
Currently, the electric crossover is dubbed Project Arrow, and in true CES style, AI is being used to assess likely suppliers and narrow down the search.
“We challenged design schools across the country to conceptualize the vehicle design and the response was excellent,” said Colin Dhillon, chief technical officer at the APMA. “To see young minds step up and work through the Covid-19 pandemic was inspiring. Their design ideas would make any global OEM design studio proud.”
The competition drew nine submissions, and three made it to the final round before Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design’s project was chosen. This completes the first of four project phases planned to lead up to the vehicle being built in 2022.
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