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AssemblyWixom, Michigan, U.S.
(Wixom Assembly Plant)
DesignerJohn Najjar
Body and chassis
Classlarge car (EPA)
Body style2-door convertible
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive
EnginePlug-in hybrid
150 kW (200 hp)electric motor/generator units[1]
Capstone Microturbine 30 kilowatts (40 hp) range extender/internal combustion engine biodiesel[2]
RangeOver 500 miles (800 km) total electricity/gasoline range according to lincvolt
Wheelbase131.0 in (3,327 mm)
Length1959: 227.1 in (5,768 mm)
Width1959: 80.1 in (2,035 mm)
Height1959: 56.7 in (1,440 mm)
Curb weight5,000–5,700 lb (2,300–2,600 kg)
PredecessorLincoln Continental

LincVolt is a 1959 Lincoln Continental, owned by musician Neil Young, that was converted into a more fuel-efficient, hybrid demonstrator vehicle.

LincVolt participated in the Xprize Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize. The LincVolt team had to withdraw from the X Prize competition as they were making a car whereas the purpose of the competition was to produce a commercial business plan.[3]

A documentary film was being produced by Larry Johnson before his death on January 21, 2010.[4]

On the morning of November 9, 2010, a fire started in LincVolt's charging system while it was recharging at a warehouse belonging to Young. The car was damaged, but it has been restored.[5][6] The last version of the LincVolt's hybrid engine uses Domestic-Green Carbon-Neutral Cellulosic Ethanol from Biomass.[7]


Version 1: Prototype[edit]

Version 2010[edit]

In 2010 Neil Young gave a speech at the Specialty Equipment Market Association convention.[9]

Version 2011: After the fire[edit]


  1. ^ "Products of UQM electric Motors". uqm. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  2. ^ "Products Capstone Microturbine". capstoneturbine. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  3. ^ Neil Young (2009-07-22). "Lincvolt withdraws from X-Prize, will focus on "main goal"". green.autoblog.com. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  4. ^ "LincVolt Team Member Larry Johnson Remembered". green.autoblog.com. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  5. ^ "Official Statement by Neil Young on Yesterday's Fire(of Lincvolt)". Neil Young. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
  6. ^ "Video of Lincvolt after the fire being restored". shakeypictures. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  7. ^ "Lincvolt technology".
  8. ^ "Prime Builder of Lincvolt Johnathan Goodwin of H-Line Conversions". H-Line Conversions. 2011-02-10. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  9. ^ "Neil Young & Lincvolt at SEMA 2010- Part 1". YouTube. 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  10. ^ "Lincvolt - Repowering the American Dream - Blog".

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