Neil Young's biodiesel-powered hybrid, the Lincvolt, made a lot of headlines back in 2008, but it's kind of faded from view after dropping out of the X-Prize in mid-2009. Late last month, though, the car and the musician dropped by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL to support Young's "Repowering the American Dream" initiative.
As you can see from the exterior shot above and the interior shot in the gallery below, the LincVolt – a 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible that was given a powertrain transplant and now runs on biodiesel and batteries – looks pretty stunning. It's not easy to pull off wheels like that, but the LincVolt does it. The biodiesel-electric hybrid has a range of 400 miles and, Biodiesel Magazine reports, the powertrain pushes the car to a fuel economy of 80 miles per gallon. Young isn't doing this car just because he want to drive cleaner himself. Young told the crowd:
If we could cruise around in vehicles like the LincVolt, the biodiesel would probably be in much better shape. Read more about the tour stop over at Biodiesel Magazine.The U.S. biodiesel industry could support as many as 78,000 good American jobs and displace 97 million barrels of imported petroleum. In 2009, biodiesel added $4.1 billion to the nation's Gross Domestic Product and supported jobs in all sectors of the economy while reducing carbon and other harmful emissions.