Neil Young's Electric Car Company Sued

LincVolt LLC was accused of negligence for converting a 1959 Lincoln Continental to run on electricity, which later set fire and caused damage to a nearby building.

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (AP) — A company founded by Neil Young is facing a lawsuit over a fire in the San Francisco Bay area that allegedly started in a vintage car the rocker had converted into a hybrid vehicle.

The San Mateo County Times reports (http://bit.ly/ytJtkW) that Unigard Insurance Co. sued LincVolt LLC this week, accusing the company of negligence for converting the 1959 Lincoln Continental to run on electricity and a biodiesel-powered generator.

The suit seeks nearly $500,000 that Unigard says it paid out to the owner of a building that suffered damage in the Nov. 9, 2010 blaze in San Carlos.

Fire officials have said the fire started in the car, dubbed the LincVolt. Young had converted the car into a hybrid vehicle in a much publicized project to promote fuel-efficiency.

He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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