biodiesel-burning microturbine that charges its batteries.
Early this month, firefighters were called to the San Carlos, California, warehouse where the LincVolt was stored and managed to extinguish the blaze that had broken out.
They managed to save about 70 per cent of the music equipment, art, memorabilia and other items Young had stored there, though the bill for damage to both building and contents is estimated at about $1.1 million.
Officials launched an investigation into what caused the fire — which Belmont-San Carlos Fire Chief Doug Fry said was not believed to be suspicious — and the seat of the blaze has reportedly been traced back to the vicinity of the car.
But Young has said in a statement that the fire itself was a result of human error and could not be blamed on the car.
‘‘We are still investigating the exact cause, though it appears to be an operator error that occurred in an untested part of the charging system,’’ Young says.
‘‘We do know that the car has been operating perfectly for almost 2000 miles and the system in question would not be in use while driving the car.
‘‘We are investigating the components involved with plug-in charging.
‘‘The wall charging system was not completely tested and had never been left unattended.
‘‘A mistake was made — it was not the fault of the car.’’
Chrome dreams: (left) Neil Young’s 1959 hybrid Lincoln Continental and (above) Young (left) with fellow musician Daniel Lanois.