Neil Young’s Linc-Volt Hybrid
Oct. 29, 2007: Source – New York Times
Neil Young, the iconic musician who helped pave the way for folk rock in the 60’s, is yet another celebrity to join the green parade. He has built himself a hybrid electric car called the Linc-Volt. Here’s the kicker. The car itself is a large-bodied 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, the quintessential cruiser of yesteryear that’s known for being anything but efficient. Until now, that is.
Mr. Young has converted this finned chariot to run on biodiesel and electricity, the ultimate one-two punch in clean motoring. He says its form and function is the embodiment of “Classic Americana from then, meeting the Americana from now.” The Linc-Volt is expected to achieve up to 100 miles per gallon on the highway.
Mr. Young is taking his new pride and joy on a road trip to the car’s Detroit origins. His goal is to raise awareness of the feasibility of electric cars within the mainstream consciousness. To this end, he’s also shooting a documentary film about the journey.