Neil Young’s (Electric) Hot Rod Lincoln
Published March 20, 2015
Long an activist for political and environmental causes, musician Neil Young founded, supported the construction, promoted, then reconstructed the LincVolt, a 1959 Lincoln Continental powered by a biofueled (cellulosic ethanol) gas turbine powering an electric motor with lithium ion storage batteries, which he’s driven around the United States, ostensibly as part of a film project.
The goal of the LincVolt project, according to the project’s website, is to inspire a generation by creating a clean automobile propulsion technology that serves the needs of the 21st Century. By creating this new power technology, Young hopes to reduce the demand for fossil fuels so as to eliminate the need for war over energy supplies.
Young looks to promote the development, production, and sales of zero emissions automobiles that eliminates roadside re-fueling entirely, a safe powerful automobile that is comfortable and economic on both long trips and the commute to work, an automobile that can generate power to the home when it is parked, potentially creating an income stream for the owner, according to the company.
On the morning of November 9, 2010, a three-alarm blaze caused $1.1 million in damage to a warehouse filled with Young’s music equipment and memorabilia appears to have started by the charging system of the LincVolt. The car was heavily damaged in the fire and the task of rebuilding LincVolt fell to Roy Brizio Street Rods.
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