In an effort to fight automotive obesity, Ford and Dow will collaborate on developing advanced carbon fiber composites for use in upcoming cars and trucks.

Ford and Dow Automotive Systems have announced plans to collaborate on developing advanced carbon fiber composites for use in upcoming cars and trucks.

As part of their joint development agreement, the two companies will "focus on establishing an economical source of automotive-grade carbon fiber and develop component manufacturing methods for high-volume automotive applications."

If everything goes according to plan, carbon fiber components could begin appearing on Ford vehicles by 2020. That's still a ways off, but Ford says carbon fiber could deliver weight reductions of up to 750 lbs (340 kg).

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Ford & Dow announce carbon fiber partnership