Has anyone ever thought of this idea? I know I have heard about solar on the roof, but why not a couple of small wind generators in the grill? You would think a steady 50 to 90 mph wind could generate some extra power.
Ok, you got me there. And if you have a really big wind generator and there is wind where you parked, it would be a lot cheaper than solar, per watt. But it will never be mounted inside the Volt's grill.It would work (but let me explain).
However, if you had wind generators on your Volt when it's parked (and retracted them when you get underway), that would work.
So you want to strap huge balloons to your car and just drive very slowly around power lines and overpasses?
or skip all that and use an oscillating generator rather than a rotating one. Cheaper to make and fewer moving parts, tooUntil someone steals it.
My guess is ligher-than-air generators would be as close to practical as one could hope to get for recharging a car off-the-grid. I would assume a standard wind generator would need to be too large and too high for practical deployment from a parked car. But a tank of helium and a back-pack sized canopy isn't too heavy or bulky.
Of course, it's still completely impractical. You would need a winch system, enough clearance, lots of deployment time, and FAA permits (they consider it a moored airship).