Given the range limitations of EV, are there plans to add an "on board" generator - similar to the Volt?
Thank you for the great question. One thing we are excited about at Ford is that we are offering a variety of different options for customers when it comes to meeting fuel efficient driving needs — from pure-electric vehicles like the Focus Electric and Transit Connect Electric to plug-in hybrids like the Fusion Energi (coming out early 2013) and C-MAX Energi (coming out later this year) to our hybrids (Fusion and C-MAX hybrids also coming out early 2013 and later this year) to our efficient EcoBoost® engines across our lineup. Unlike other automakers who are focusing on one key “green” vehicle or one type of technology, Ford is offering customers the power of choice when it comes to fuel-efficient driving technologies to affordably meet any driving need.
We don’t plan to add an “on-board” charger to the Focus Electric because we have other strong product offerings to meet the needs of longer electric driving range (such as our PHEVs and hybrids mentioned above). By focusing on all different types of technologies — in both electrification and alternative-fuel options like biofuels and hydrogen — we are able to differentiate ourselves from competitors in the space and give you more options to meet more needs.