Neil Young to Convert Classic Lincoln to Bio-Diesel Hybrid

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Somewhere on a desert highway, she rides a Harley Davidson 1959 Lincoln Continental Bio-Diesel-Eletric Hybrid. Neil Young is taking a look at his life and realizing that his classic Lincoln is just burning too much fuel, so he's taken it to H-Line Conversions to get it converted to a hybrid that he claims will get 100 MPG. With a length near 20 feet, the only bigger hybrid on the road is likely to be an articulated bus. Press release about the car and his appearance on CNN below the jump:

BURBANK, CA—(Marketwire - November 17, 2007) - Neil Young will be interviewed on CNN's "American Morning" on Monday, November 19th. Young, in the middle of a North American tour, went to Wichita, Kansas to meet with John Goodwin, who is converting Young's 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV convertible to run on biodiesel and electricity. Young and Goodwin describe the new fuel-efficient life of the car and how it holds exciting possibilities for the future.

Neil Young is directing a movie about the experience, including the drive from Northern California to Kansas to deliver the vehicle. Titled "Linc-Volt," the film is scheduled for a 2008 release. Once the conversion is complete, Young will drive the Lincoln from Wichita to Detroit for meetings with the auto industry, and then return to Kansas to retrace the route back to Northern California, raising awareness of the feasibility of hybrid-powered cars within the mainstream consciousness. He describes the Lincoln's new form and function as the embodiment of "classic Americana from then, meeting the Americana from now." The Linc-Volt is expected to achieve up to 100 miles per gallon on the highway.

"American Morning" airs on the CNN television network 6-9 a.m. EST. Neil Young's interview will also be featured on[MarketWire h/t Tina Chow]

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How often does he drive the thing anyway? He's probably got 12+ other cars, and hires cabs or limos to/from airports, venues, and hotels.

The actual environmental benefit from converting a seldom used garage queen is going to be slim to nil. He'd make a bigger impact by just moving to a smaller house or swearing off private jets.