It seems that the Nov. 9 fire that blazed through a warehouse storing vast reserves of irreplaceable Neil Young memorabilia started in Young’s famous LincVolt car, the 1959 Lincoln convertible that Young spent years adapting into a hybrid. Young helped create the LincVolt—touted as “the world’s first Micro-Turbine powered Bio-Electro-Cruiser”—as a model for a new generation of electric automobiles that could run on lithium batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator, a project he promoted relentlessly, including giving a recent high-profile talk at Las Vegas’ SEMA convention and recording an entire concept album dedicated to it called Fork In The Road. After fire officials traced the fire back to his car, Young issued a statement saying that they were still investigating the exact cause and hoped that the LincVolt’s computer could still hold some clues, but added, “It appears to be an operator error that occurred in an untested part of the charging system.” Whoops.
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