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Manufacturer Ford
Production 1959
Assembly Wixom, Michigan, United States
(Wixom Assembly Plant)
Designer John Najjar
Body and chassis
Class large car (EPA)
Body style 2-door convertible
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine Plug-in hybrid
150 kW (200 hp)electric motor/generator units[1]
Capstone Microturbine 30 kilowatts (40 hp) range extender/internal combustion engine biodiesel [2]
Transmission none
Wheelbase 131.0 in (3,327 mm)
Length 1959: 227.1 in (5,768 mm)
Width 1959: 80.1 in (2,035 mm)
Height 1959: 56.7 in (1,440 mm)
Curb weight 5,000–5,700 lb (2,300–2,600 kg)
Predecessor Lincoln Continental

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

According to the LincVolt website, the goal of the LincVolt project is "to inspire a generation by creating a clean automobile propulsion technology that serves the needs of the 21st Century and delivers performance that is a reflection of the driver's spirit. By creating this new power technology, Lincvolt hopes to reduce the demand for petro-fuels enough to eliminate the need for war over energy supplies, thereby enhancing the security of the USA and other nations throughout the world." [3]

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.[4]

A documentary film was being produced by Larry Johnson before his death on January 21, 2010.[5]

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.[6][7] The last version of the LincVolt's hybrid engine uses Domestic-Green Carbon-Neutral Cellulosic Ethanol from Biomass. [8]


Version 1: Prototype[edit]

  • Prime builder: Johnathan Goodwin of H-Line Conversions, Wichita, Kansas[9]
  • Generator: Mazda Rotatory ?
  • Prime mover electric motor: UQM 15 kW prime mover
  • Batteries: ?

Version 2010[edit]

In 2010 Neil Young gave a speech at the Specialty Equipment Market Association convention.[10]

Version 2011: After the fire[edit]


  1. ^ "Products of UQM electric Motors". uqm. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Products Capstone Microturbine". capstoneturbine. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  3. ^ "About lincvolt". Lincvolt. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  4. ^ Neil Young (2009-07-22). "Lincvolt withdraws from X-Prize, will focus on "main goal"". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  5. ^ "LincVolt Team Member Larry Johnson Remembered". 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Official Statement by Neil Young on Yesterday's Fire(of Lincvolt)". Neil Young. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Video of Lincvolt after the fire being restored". shakeypictures. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Lincvolt technology". 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "Neil Young & Lincvolt at SEMA 2010- Part 1". 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
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