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Manufacturer  Ford
Designer  John Najjar
Body style  2-door convertible
Production  1959
Class  large car (EPA)

Assembly  Wixom, Michigan, United States (Wixom Assembly Plant)

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."

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.

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

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

Version 1: Prototype

  • Prime builder: Johnathan Goodwin of H-Line Conversions, Wichita, Kansas
  • Generator: Mazda Rotatory ?
  • Prime mover electric motor: UQM 15 kW prime mover
  • Batteries: ?
  • Version 2010

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

  • Prime builder: Roy Brizio Street Rods, San Francisco; Perrone Robotics; and Johnathan Goodwin
  • Generator: Capstone Microturbine 30 kW
  • Prime mover electric motor: UQM 150 kW prime mover
  • Batteries: Thunder Sky lithium iron phosphate battery pack made in China, #110 of 110 Amp-Hour
  • Version 2011: After the fire

  • Prime builder: Roy Brizio Street Rods, San Francisco; and Perrone Robotics
  • Generator: Capstone Microturbine 30 kW
  • Prime mover electric motor: UQM 150 kW prime mover
  • Batteries: A123 Systems lithium-ion battery pack
  • References

    LincVolt Wikipedia