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Neil Young’s eco car sets warehouse ablaze

on November 19, 2010, 1:00pm

Say that you care about the environment. You want to do everything you can to save it. Protect the forests, care for the ecosystem, all that jazz. If you’re Neil Young, you’ve done your small part by owning a fuel-efficient eco car – or, you know, written an album about it. Sit down. Close your eyes and smile. You’ve put one foot forward.

Don’t keep them closed for too long, though, because you might miss the wall charger malfunctioning, which, unfortunately, is exactly what happened to Young’s Lincvolt car. The music legend’s warehouse in San Francisco’s San Carlos neighborhood was set aflame on November 9th after his battery powered car was plugged in to charge and left unattended. In an issued statement, Young said 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.”

Though about 70% of the warehouse’s contents (including paintings, instruments, and vintage cars) managed to be saved, the fire caused an estimated $850,000 in damages. That said, Young still remains a steadfast advocate for his eco-friendly car and even plans to rebuild it.

“On a project like this, setbacks happen for a reason and we can see that very well from here,” Young said. “Even as injured as LV appears, beauty shines through.”

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