How To Revolutionize The Ford Focus EV

Ive been looking Into ways the auto industry can revolutionize their electric vehicles, and Ive come up with a few solutions. The first one should be pretty obvious... Anyways I have yet to see an electric vehicle with wind turbines mounted on the vehicles themselves. I mean think about It as your driving on the highway at speeds of up to 60mph the power generated from the turbines catching the air flow outside can provide the on board battery with a little more juice to extend the rang of the vehicle. I know the wind turbines create more drag, but thats what you have engineers for to design and place the turbines In special low profile locations, for example: instead of having fog lights on the car why not have holes with a lot of wind turbines mounted Inside so when air flows through the holes It forces the turbines to spin creating electricity. I have more Ideas but Im running out of room so I'll close with this ''Ford please change the exterior of the ford focus ev and get rid of the butterfly feature on the dashboard or at least give us the option to choose a different design cause I feel the car Is geared towards women drivers only.'' One things for sure I wouldnt be caught dead driving It.. Maybe the honda fit ev, or chevy volt, but def not the focus ev!
Sasho Z 11/16/2012
Just forget the wind turbine idea. It's simple, it will do more slowdown than it generates electricity. I calculated that since I had that idea years ago, when I was a kid.
The only logical way of making use of this idea is using a few smaller wind turbines integrated in the car body (if possible), that are actually covered with the car body, and only open when driving idle, so the car makes use of the air-breaking + generating some electricity. I haven't calculated if this system would pay out, but it's the only logical possible way of making use of a wind turbine in a car.
Dennis T 09/17/2012
Many have suggested some type of electrical charging system to Ford. My hope is that Ford will listen and act. An electric generator just needs to spin to produce electricity. Turning wheels at Freeway speeds would do the same job as hydroelectric or using steam or exhaust to power turbines. Using a generator does not increase ‘drag’: balancing, computer control, gearing systems to turn the generator faster. The generator just needs to turn to produce electricity!
A EVs (Electric Vehicles) range needs to be longer. I did a Bing search on 'electric motors' and Siemens came up. I was educated about the difference between 'Parallel Hybrid' and 'Serial Hybrid'. 'Parallel' uses the combustion engine exclusively to turn a transmission for power to the wheels: it only uses the electric drive motors to get the vehicle moving or sustain a low MPH. '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.
Douglas A 09/12/2012
I've wondered about some sort of turbine on an electric car to boost range. Can anyone explain why this would not work, or why it hasn't been employed yet?