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Posted at 1:00 AM ET, 11/17/2010

Names & Faces: Neil Young's hybrid car sets warehouse aflame

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Neil Young and producer Daniel Lanois with the Lincvolt. (AP/Jeff Chiu/TWP)

Neil Young's plans to convert his beloved 1959 Lincoln Continental from a gas-guzzler into a fuel-efficient hybrid have gone up in smoke, along with roughly $850,000 in his possessions, reports the Associated Press. According to officials, the LincVolt, which underwent a much-publicized makeover -- there was a Web site,, and a four-part film series -- caught on fire and triggered a blaze that spread throughout the San Francisco Bay area warehouse where the songwriter had been storing valuables and memorabilia. Fire crews were able to save about 70 percent of the goods, but the car was damaged.

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This report is not accurate, and its headline is misleading. Neil Young’s plans have not “gone up in smoke,” Neil Young and the LincVolt team are already rebuilding the car, according to a report by The New York Times yesterday, “Neil Young’s Hybrid LincVolt Survives Fire.”


And although it appears the warehouse fire started in the car, “it was not the fault of the car,” Neil Young said in a statement yesterday. The fire was attributed to human (“operator”) error. There is still a car, a website, a plan and a dream.

“We are rebuilding. The reason we started this project has not changed. As a nation we are still excessively burning fossil fuels, doing damage to our planet that will hurt our children’s lives and future generations as well. Our project is to demonstrate alternative energies for transportation that are clean. We’re still in a race against time. On a project like this, setbacks happen for a reason and we can see that very well from here. “Barn’s burnt down. Now I can see the moon.”"

LincVolt was damaged, but not destroyed. The dream of LincVolt, and the future change it represents, is undiminished, her team is undeterred. I am behind them, all the way.

See Neil Young’s complete statement, issued yesterday, here:

Posted by: karenbarry | November 17, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I own and enjoy several Neil Young CDs, but I don't see the logic in retrofitting a massive 1959 vehicle that by today's standards is a rolling death trap. Neil has enough money to do whatever he wants, but the LincVolt is a pretty goofy choice as a symbol of the future of transportation.

Posted by: ikeaboy | November 17, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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