As if hybrid electric cars needed more than impossible cost-benefit ratios, the prospect of astronomical long-term maintenance and recycling issues, and a market share hovering under five percent to consign them to Tucker-Edsel Scrap Heap of Automotive History, comes news that one of the most prominent promoters of the Crazy Horse-power scheme has added a Public Relations nail-in-the-coffin to the concept.
Canadian-born rocker Neil Young converted his 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible to hybrid drive, its batteries charged by a bio-diesel-powered engine.
The thing, stored in a San Francisco Bay-area warehouse, caught fire and destroyed itself and almost a million dollars worth of Young’s possessions.
Young claims somebody should have Unplugged it.
(Wonder if they were able to salvage the Trans?)
It sure won't be making any more of Le Noise.
Guess we know The Damage Done now, eh Neil?
C'mon, man - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
It's A Time which is never going to Come.
An American Dream that's never going to come true.
Not in this Decade, or in any other.
Maybe you should have tried a nuclear Re-ac-tor.
Rust Never Sleeps? Rust is the least of your worries.
Long May [It] Run?
Hah - you won't be able to run that thing to Buffalo now, let alone Springfield.
Still, maybe you should have bought a Nash.
Or perhaps an Eldorado.
I'm Looking Forward to what you'll try at the next Fork in the Road.
OK, I'll stop now...