Neil Young: Detroit's Dinosaurs Can Go Electric

Rocker makes the case for drivers going big and going green
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2008 8:27 AM CST

(Newser) – Motorists considering electric cars can hang on to their Cadillac dreams as well, writes Neil Young at the Huffington Post. Barack Obama's plan to get a million electric vehicles on American roads within a decade is possible—and the cars don't need to be tiny or even have new designs, writes the rock legend, pointing to his own converted 1959 Lincoln Continental as proof.

Detroit can do without that $25 billion in retooling loans, Young argues—it can make electric cars from existing designs with the tools it already has. The auto industry is treating big vehicles like dinosaurs, writes Young, when the behemoths could actually create more power than they use if hooked up to a highly efficient self-charging system. "Big may be an unexpected Green alternative," Young concludes.