Neil Young’s Electric Car Breaks Down, Left ‘Helpless’ on California Highway

Neil Young checking out his hybrid electric 1959 Lincoln Continental / AP


Neil Young, a high-profile proponent of cars powered by alternative fuels, was recently stranded on the highway when his own $1 million biomass-powered hybrid car broke down.

California highway patrol officers found the Canadian rocker stranded on the side of a road near Donner Summit, Calif.

Young was on his way to an environmentalist festival in Canada, according to the Sierra Sun, driving his custom-made hybrid electric 1959 Lincoln Continental.

"The car is touted as the world’s first full-sized luxury series hybrid electric car powered by biomass, according to the LincVolt website," the Sun reported.

Young recently joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) at an event pushing for the reauthorization of federal regulations mandating the use of ethanol in gasoline.