One of the world's leading experts on cars of the future will address scientists and engineers at a key conference in the Midlands today.
Joseph Carpenter Jr of the US Department of Energy is a specialist in lightweight materials and
technology that will literally shape the cars of future decades. He is a keynote speaker at an International Conference on Materials for Lean Weight Vehicles being held at the University of Warwick's International Manufacturing Centre.
Dr Carpenter is the technology development manager for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Automotive Lightweighting Materials effort, a joint initiative between DOE and the US automotive and energy-supply industries.
He is best known in the US for his work with the FreedomCAR project, a partnership involving General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, oil companies and the US government with the aim of developing cleaner, more efficient vehicles.
Dr Carpenter will tell his audience that from 2004 to 2008 $1.7 billion is being invested in North American research into advanced vehicle technologies, hydrogen fuel initiatives and fuel cell research.
Pat Selwood, SMMT Foresight vehicle project manager, a member of the conference organising committee, said: "We are delighted to have secured such an influential and high profile speaker.
"Dr Carpenter is a key player in the crucial FreedomCAR initiative in the US."