November 5, 2010
The University of Virginia is holding a symposium on fuel efficient cars of the future during its Family Weekend on Friday and Saturday. The Car of the Future/The Future of the Car brings together many UVa schools and programs for a two-day symposium on creating a sustainable society by focusing on the car.
UVa engineering, architectural and business minds joined the Center for German Studies and prominent experts on sustainability Friday afternoon to discuss the car of the future. The on-site exhibit at Newcomb Hall on Friday featured hybrid and electric cars, including the Volkswagen Taureg, Chevy Volt.
Visiting speakers include Burkhard Huhnke of Volkswagen's electronics research lab; Christopher Borroni-Bird, director of advanced technology vehicle concepts at GM.
UVa students will also share their visions of the car of the future, with the best projects taking home cash prizes.
Most of the sessions on Saturday are free and open to the public.