Driving onto the world stage: The Ontario Tech Project Arrow story

Ontario Tech University Project Arrow team celebrates the creation of the Arrow, the highly anticipated all-Canadian concept electric vehicle (inside the ACE Aerodynamic Climatic Wind Tunnel at Ontario Tech, December 2022, prior to the subsequent January 5, 2023 global unveiling in Las Vegas, Nevada).
Ontario Tech University Project Arrow team celebrates the creation of the Arrow, the highly anticipated all-Canadian concept electric vehicle (inside the ACE Aerodynamic Climatic Wind Tunnel at Ontario Tech, December 2022, prior to the subsequent January 5, 2023 global unveiling in Las Vegas, Nevada).

Over the past two years in Oshawa, Ontario, Ontario Tech University’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) was home to a top-secret and visionary national engineering project. Known as Project Arrow, the mission was to build Canada’s first zero-emission concept electric vehicle.  

Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) selected Ontario Tech as the lead academic institution for Phase 2 of Project Arrow, an all-Canadian engineered concept funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev). The Arrow’s ambitious deadline was met, and the APMA’s brainchild made its global debut January 5, 2023 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the world’s the most influential tech event.

Why Ontario Tech for Project Arrow?

Ontario Tech attracts the brightest research and academic minds in areas including additive manufacturing, automotive engineering, aerodynamics, electrification, energy storage, battery chemistry and cybersecurity. The university was chosen as the build partner due to its global reputation for excellence in energy, automotive, smart mobility and engineering research expertise. Most of all, Ontario Tech was chosen because of the reputation of its people to get things done.

The university was also selected for its exemplary track record with industry partners and its ACE core research and testing facility that features world-class automotive prototype build capacity and a Climatic Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel with unique capabilities for concept development, including the capacity to simulate extreme cold and powerful windstorms. The Arrow development by Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and engineering technical staff helped prepare the Arrow for

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