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Neil Young has heart of green

Rock star Neil Young has turned a gas-guzzling Lincoln Continental into a battery powered car.

The Heart of Gold singer has a well documented passion for classic big American cars but has set up a company to change the way they run.

Working with Jonathan Goodwin who converts all kinds of cars to consume less fuel while improving their performance, Young asked for technology that would "change the world".

Young said: "America is never going to be frugal. It's too big; the roads are too long, the people are big, they like big cars. So there's a challenge to figure out how to retain all those things and be clean."

The car he converted weighed 2.5 tonnes, was 19.5 feet long, was made in 1959 and came fully accessorised with chrome.

He also started up his own company Linc Volt Technology to convert existing gas-guzzlers into vehicles that use alternative fuels or electricity.

The UK government recently announced plans to invest £100 million in promoting electrical vehicles, by giving demonstration models to local authorities and organisations.

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