Long Distance Electric AWD Edge

I think Ford should take their SUVs (I'm thinking specifically the Edge) and make them into a set up similar to the Chevy Volt. Where it runs on electricity but has a small engine just in case, if that engine were DIESEL that would be even better. To help with the battery longevity, add between two and four wind turbines into the vehicle so that the car is creating electricity WHILE IT DRIVES!! As well as put a solar panel on the roof so when the car is simply parked it can regenerate a, all be it non consequential, portion of the battery; or at least keep the car cool (similar to the option on the third generation Prius). With the wind turbines your engine would almost be not necessary, but you wouldn't take it out because what happens if you get caught in slow moving traffic during a snow/rain storm? You may not be moving fast enough to generate electricity and that is when the engine could kick in. Also make it AWD!
Dennis T 09/09/2012
Great IDEA Clayton. 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 to power turbines. 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.