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Given the range limitations of EV, are there plans to add an "on board" generator - similar to the Volt?

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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.

3 COMMENTS ON THIS QUESTION
Brad B Hey Ford ! Honda's inverter generators keep getting more wattage capacity with smaller (dimensions) built models. I would think making a compartment that would measure out to the the size of a 16" square box would be doable. Especially on the Transit Connect. Like a home standby generator the Ford's invertor generator could kick in as needed between recharges. Since they are super quiet the invertor/generator wouldn't pose a noise issue and a small 4 gallon tank would run the smaller 2,500 watt invertors for about 12 solid hours, maybe more. Another generating platform would be to have the rear wheel hubs be actual generators, not just a parking brake platform. As you are rolling along the rear wheels provide a recharge function. Imagine getting a vehicle that could make a run from Dunn, NC to Orlando FLA using maybe 1 gallon of gas. This is what this idea proposes.
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Elliot T Better than a generator (and cheaper...), would be the ability to have a swappable battery. Pull up to a Ford dealer, small charge, fresh battery. That would be great for long drives!
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Dennis T Ford needs to do a Generator to power electric motors and recharge batteries. Like Diesel/Electric trains: the combustion engine would not have to be large to turn an efficient and high-powered output generator. This would reduce the carbon footprint of a vehicle by using less fuel.
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