Rockstar Neil Young is transforming a 50-year-old Lincoln Continental into a plug-in hybrid biodiesel-electric that could cross the country on just a couple of stops at a filling station.
The re-building of the Linc Volt, as Young calls it, is being documented in a film, "Repowering the American Dream," according to Young's Web site. The work is being done in Wichita, Kansas by Jonathan Goodwin, of H-Line Conversions, which specializes in converting old gas-guzzlers into clean-burning machines.
When complete, the twin-engine car could get 100 mpg, using a hybrid engine that can run on a battery or burn biodiesel fuel. Pretty impressive for a 19-foot boat that weighs two and a half tons.
The provider of the propulsion systems has just been announced: UQM Technologies, which develops alternative energy technologies.
By drawing on entrepreneurial companies advanced technology and good old American ingenuity, we intend to transform one of the largest and heaviest gas guzzling vehicles of our generation into a highly energy efficient vehicle, and demonstrate to the American public that we can re-power the American dream by demanding environmentally-friendly vehicles now, Young said. Our country is full of innovative entrepreneurs and advanced technology companies, like H-Line Conversions and UQM Technologies, who have the capability and drive to make big things happen.
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