The new technology revealed, R&D projects floated and deals thrashed out at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2015 (LCV) at Millbrook test track this week will lead to future cars being more efficient and possibly even more fun to drive.

More than 2500 visitors are expected at the two-day event from around 1000 different companies – everyone from giants like Jaguar Land Rover to small start-ups – 150 or so of which will be exhibiting.

Here they will come together to test drive the newest engineering prototypes, hear about the latest funding available and meet potential partners to get their ‘next big thing’ idea off the ground and track the progress the low-carbon automotive world has made in the past 12 months.

The UK car industry’s carbon output reduction is bound into future law, but it is viewing this as a positive: it knows it can be a world leader in the technologies required to achieve this. Also, as we are increasingly finding out, reducing the weight and adding electrification to cars is only enhancing the driving experience. Win win.

The coffers of the industry have swollen since the UK automotive sector centrally adopted developing low-carbon technologies in the early part of the last decade – a time when the UK car industry was well and truly in the doldrums.