CNG Electric

By Ryan W.

Transit Connect electric w/ CNG powered 2.0L Duratec® I-4 engine (similar or smaller) connected to an alternator to charge the lithium pack. All electric drive train like the Volt. Add regenerative breaking. I'll take 10.
Robert G 07/19/2012
It seems Tesla has soleved some of these problems.. they are claiming 300 miles on a charge. I agree that a on board generator is currently the answer, but, this should be a better power source ..why I think a steam turbine generator w/ a modern flash boiler for the main drive train..and maybe Electric back up..might work.....if not there is CNG..
Dennis T 05/16/2012
Regenerative-Braking to charge batteries? How often do you Brake? Very little to help charge a battery. An on-board generator is still the best idea for extending an EVs range.
Dennis T 05/16/2012
GMs Volt has the same problem as ALL EVs: Short Range. Will not go far on a charge. 'Serial Hybrid' uses electric motors "exclusively" to drive the vehicle and the combustion engine is used to drive a generator to power the electric motors and re-charge batteries. Diesel-Electric trains do this very well. The "combustion engine" could be a small power plant that uses fuel cell tech, or Natural Gas, or gasoline then engine size does not have to large. The electric motor has a lot of torque so it can handle any load or any application. Siemens has been around and produced electric motors since the late 1800s. Ford and Siemens could combine: Ford engines and vehicles with Siemens electric motors, controllers and other electronics to produce a planet loving vehicle product.