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Neil Young's LincVolt – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you've been hankering to get a good look at Neil Young's LincVolt behemoth, you'd best make plans to get to SEMA in a few weeks. We got word today that the 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible with a brand new biodiesel and battery-based powertrain – and young Neil himself – will make an appearance at the specialty show. Young is scheduled to take part in a vehicle technology panel with Jim Campbell, vice president of General Motors Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, the Automotive X Prize's Peter Diamandis, Scott Atherton from the American Le Mans Series, Azhar Hussain from TTXGP eGrandPrix, Imtiaz Haque from Clemson University CU-ICAR, Patrick Reininger from R. L. Polk, and Bryan Krulikowski from Morpace.

It'll be interesting to see if Young and Diamandis talk about the past, considering that Young and his team dropped out of the X-Prize in mid-2009. It seemed to be an amicable split, since the LincVolt team said it was focused on the main goal of getting the car finished and didn't have the problems with the competition the way some others did. "We have always been in a race against Time," the LincVolt webpage said at the time, "not a race against other contestants to win a cash prize."

[Source: SEMA | Thanks to Biodiesel Magazine for the images]

SEMA Announcement

GM VICE PRESIDENT OF PERFORMANCE VEHICLES AND MOTORSPORTS TO DELIVER FIRST- EVER SEMA SHOW VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Kick off the 2010 SEMA Show by attending the inaugural SEMA Vehicle Technology Keynote featuring Jim Campbell, vice president of General Motors Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. Campbell is responsible for integrating the engineering and marketing of performance versions of current production models, as well as all motorsports activities. Jim Campbell will open up the Vehicle Technology Briefing Program on Driving Green Performance, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, at 9:00 am in the SEMA Awards Theatre, Booth 30239 South Hall Upper. During his keynote address, Showgoers will learn how GM's
transformation is leading the reinvention of the automobile and how advanced technologies are impacting the performance industry today and creating new business opportunities for SEMA members.

Following Campbell's presentation will be a panel discussion with industry leaders, including Peter Diamandis from the X PRIZE Foundation, Scott Atherton from the American Le Mans Series, Azhar Hussain from TTXGP eGrandPrix, Imtiaz Haque from Clemson University CU-ICAR, Patrick Reininger from R. L. Polk, Bryan Krulikowski from Morpace as well as rock icon and performance enthusiast Neil Young, leader of the LincVolt team
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      • 6 Months Ago
      Any economy / performance factoids? Please?

      It'd be interesting as a weight/aero baseline.

      Sincerely, Neil
      • 6 Months Ago
      The LincVolt build has been very interesting to watch over the past couple years. Glad to see it hitting the highway and getting some cruising miles in!
      • 6 Months Ago
      Still sad that this baby isn't a pure electric. C'mon Neil. You got the money to put 60+ kWh into this sucker. God knows that trunk and engine bay are both freaking huge.
        • 6 Months Ago
        I am disgusted that Neil Young has deceived the public with this so-called electric vehicle. The lying scumbag should have admitted that a biodiesel would be able to drive the wheels.

        Electric - as-if. I am burning all his albums.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Im amazed at how peoples here don't understand anything. This is probably the best green car there is actually on earth. Im interrested to buy. Diesel electric chargers are the best thing, this car do 100+ mpg with full american classical size and features, this is not a punitive small box like the tesla, volt, imiev, prius, focus, civic, mazda2, byd, ithink, x-prize winners, shell eco-marathon participants and organizers and family, prius, volkwagen beatle, fit, yaris, ipod, adidas running shoes, 49cc yamaha scooters, roller blades in winter, start-stop equipped cars, e15 and e20 and e25 up to e85 ethanol-gasoline stuff at the same price of strait gasoline with tax subsidies in winter or rain while sitting on water like boats in marinas,ttxxp battery motorcycles, tata nano, dodge neons, automatic chevrolet cavaliers and pontiac sunfires and sunbirds, fiestas, plug-in prius, etc, etc.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well, it's not surprising that they dropped out of the X Prize competition, as they didn't have any plans for mass production, and it was really too big and un-aerodynamic to have even passed the knockout round, let alone win.

      What it really proves is that even a big land yacht like this can be electric, so there's no reason not to electrify smaller more practical cars.