Serial Hybrid

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 power the electric motors and re-charge batteries. The "combustion engine" could be a small power plant that uses fuel cell tech, or Natural Gas, or gasoline the the size of the engine 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.
Dennis T 04/18/2012
Thank you Tom for commenting. The engine does not need to be large/ The engine only needs to turn a generator. The electric motors would do the work. Some of the comments and ideas about charging batteries is good. A fast charge will eventurally eat a battery. Batteries need a trickle charge to stay alive longer. The Serrial Hybrid would not need to be plugged in because the small engine would re-charge the battery while driving.
Tom A 04/06/2012
This is not a new idea, particularly since railroad diesel locomotives have always operated this way, sans battery pack.

I agree, however, that Ford could really step ahead of the competition in fleet averages by providing a series hybrid version of the F-150 and perhaps 250 and up. Idling and gas use at low speeds would be able to be eliminated almost entirely, like with most hybrid technologies now. Plus, with the tremendous torque off the line of an electric motor, towing would be a breeze.

A powerful electric motor on the rear axle, and for the 4x4 version, a second motor on the front axle, plus the 3.5L EcoBoost and a 20kWh battery pack would make, not only a more fuel-efficient truck, but a simply better, more powerful truck than ever before.

Additionally, the instaneous controls and timing of the electric motors provides stability and tranction control literally unmatched in ICE-only vehicles. This is particularly critical for pickups, where the rear end is light when empty, and when full or towing, the superior control characteristics would be another great safety feature and improvement over the competition.