Neil Young to Talk about LincVolt at SEMA (Photo Gallery)

Lincvolt

Rock 'n'roll icon Neil Young is scheduled to speak today about the LincVolt at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, an automotive aftermarket event held annually in Las Vegas.The LincVolt is a 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible that has been converted into a plug-in electric hybrid. The technology under the giant hood is similar to that in the Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle, but with a few significant differences.

The LincVolt has a four-cylinder engine that works in tandem with an electric generator. The generator fuels the battery, and the LincVolt can go up to 50 miles on electric power only when fully charged; with a full tank of gas, the car can go a reported 400 miles with both power sources in "charge sustaining mode" for an EPA estimated 23-24 mpg.

The generator runs on E85, and can refill the battery in an hour if the car is stationary. One interesting note about the car, besides its unique look: "LincVolt focuses on ultra-low carbon emissions as value, not mpg," according to the group's website, www.lincvolt.com. Young took the car on a cross-country trip in August, traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., with a stop at the Alberta tar sands in Canada, to raise awareness about the car, the technology and the dangers faced if alternative fuels aren’t adopted more widely. He also talks about his work on the project in last year's New York Times' best-selling book, "Waging Heavy Peace."

Click on any photo for a larger version. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

2013 SEMA: LincVolt

Comments 

This is perhaps the most beautiful car I have ever seen. Absolutely stunning!

roland

Wait , wasn't this the same car that was responsible for starting Neils storage warehouse fire ?
Why yes it was !
Kudos to all whom had a hand in this rebirth of this sexy automobile

Debbie

Gorgeous car...


responder

Those Lincolns were so heavy that in their original form they were good for only about 9 or 10 mpg. It's amazing that Neil and company managed to achieve mid 20s mpg by going the hybrid route. Nice job of turning a land yacht into a practical ride.

pat spadaro

I was there!!! Finally got to see Linc Volt in the flesh!! That is a beautiful car. the car is so heavy, but Neil presented it as a fuel efficient car, and he says you don't need a small Prius looking car, to save fuel. Sure he spent a lot on his car, but if others catch on it won't be too long that we will be spending reasonable money on energy efficient batteries, instead of ozone depleting gasoline that is choking the life on this planet!! Neil says we need to think about our Grandchildren. He is so right!!!

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