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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Project Arrow

Project Arrow is a Canadian-made zero-emissions vehicle design prototype. Ontario Tech University will be the lead academic institution for Phase 2 of Project Arrow, with engineering specifications and aerodynamic testing to take place at the ACE Climatic Aerodynamic Facility.

ACE engineering and aerodynamic testing

We have spent the last decade working with Canadian partners that are both large like Multimatic and Magna to small and medium sized companies (SMB/SME) developing transformative technologies for the automotive industry. With our internationally recognized faculty and expert research staff, the results include game-changing advances in climatic aerodynamics, vehicle electrification including new fast-charging technologies, automotive software and advanced driver assist systems taking the auto industry down the path to autonomy. ACE been heavily focused on the development and deployment of new advanced manufacturing technologies that are going to be key to us producing the 'Arrow'. Vehicle Concept Angle 1

Ontario Tech University research involvement

  • Canada’s energy and environmental future
  • Autonomous vehicles and systems
  • Intelligent manufacturing and materials innovation
  • Data science, artificial intelligence and new technologies

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“Project Arrow is an exciting initiative that provides Ontario Tech University with the opportunity to showcase its research expertise in automotive engineering, autonomous vehicles and electrification systems, and advanced manufacturing 4.0. It reflects the immense value the university places on industry partners including especially members of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.”
-Dr. Les Jacobs, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Ontario Tech University 

Concept Vehicle Angle 2 - Closeup

Frequently asked questions

  • Why was ACE chosen as the development site for Project Arrow?

    ACE and Ontario Tech University have been collaborating with Canadian OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers for many years; we have the product development facilities and automotive engineering experience that makes us the right fit for Project Arrow.

  • What experience does ACE have with electric vehicle development?

    ACE has extensive experience in net-zero and electric vehicle development. ACE is a Regional Technology Development Site for AVIN, the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network, and is involved in the research and development of leading-edge technology in the electric vehicle market.

  • Will Ontario Tech students and faculty be involved?

    Yes, Ontario Tech’s professors and students will be actively involved in the project. Professors will provide input into research and development, and students will benefit from experiential learning opportunities through capstone projects, and through the building of models, prototypes and the final version of the net-zero vehicle. Project Arrow is a great fit for Ontario Tech and ACE’s position as a market-driven university.

  • Where will all of the research and development take place on campus?

    The project will be headquartered at ACE’s Innovation Garage, a defined collaboration space at Ontario Tech where Project Arrow’s Canadian industry partners, professors, researchers and students will interact. The Innovation Garage includes laboratories, as well as manufacturing, office and collaboration spaces to serve the needs of the project.


Get involved!

Ontario Tech and ACE are extremely proud to be a key part of this project that will provide our existing partners, along with new partners from across our country, a platform to showcase Canada’s innovation and globally leading automotive technology capabilities to the world.

To get involved in this innovating project, contact the ACE team at acemarketing@ontariotechu.ca.

Concept Vehicle - Angle 3