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First Ontario-built Electric Vehicle unveiled in Las Vegas

More than 58 Ontario companies participated in project

Ontario’s push to be a leader in the Electric Vehicle marked was on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one of the largest and most influential technology events in the world. Project Arrow, is the first, all-Canadian, zero-emission connected vehicle, designed and built in Ontario. The project makes use of Ontario’s complete end-to-end automotive supply chain and is intended to demonstrate the province’s automotive capabilities and innovation on a global stage.

The project received funding and support from the Province, the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network, and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association. The concept car was developed at  the Automotive Centre of Excellence in Oshawa. Over the course of the project, 58 Canadian industry partners came together to design and build the prototype vehicle.

“The Ontario government challenged us to build this vehicle and they were the first to support us when we launched Project Arrow,” said Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.

“Project Arrow is a true testament to Canadian ingenuity, hard work, and determination,” said Raed Kadri, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Head of the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network at the Ontario Centre of Innovation. “

Through the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network, Ontario is investing $56.4 million over four years to accelerate the development of next generation electric, connected and autonomous vehicle and mobility technologies.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is the first stop on Ontario’s trade mission to the United States.   Fedeli is currently leading  a delegation of 29  companies from Ontario to showcase the province’s expertise in the automotive, technology and life sciences sectors.

Over the past two years, Ontario has attracted $16 billion in investments by global automakers, with more than $12.5 billion focused on electric vehicle and EV battery related manufacturing.

Ontario is the only jurisdiction in North America where five major automakers (Honda, Toyota, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, as well as truck manufacturer Hino) build vehicles. Ontario’s auto supply chain is comprised of more than 700 parts firms and more than 500 tool, die and mold makers.

Ontario’s automotive sector directly employs nearly 95,000 workers, and indirectly supports hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the province.

Every year, more than 63,500 STEM students graduate from post-secondary programs across the province, producing one of the most highly skilled life sciences workforces in the world.

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