Neil Young, Java Creator James Gosling Hatch Java-Enabled Hybrid Car
Well-known rocker Neil Young and Sun Microsystems' James Gosling, the creator of Java, are working on a Java-enabled, hybrid-electric Lincoln convertible to compete for the Automotive X Prize, a competition for 100 MPG vehicles. The Linc Volt, Young's entry in the X Automotive Prize competition, is a 1959 Lincoln Continental Mk IV that has been repowered with a new series-hybrid system and runs on electricity produced by a generator powered by natural gas.A couple of Canadian-born superstars in their own diverse fields, rocker Neil Young and the "Father of Java," Dr. James Gosling of Sun Microsystems, found some common ground Nov. 11 at Sun's Menlo Park, Calif., campus. For about 14 months, Young, a longtime resident of nearby La Honda, has been working with a team from Wichita, Kan., to develop the Linc Volt, a hybrid electric/CNG (clean natural gas) car that uses a natural-gas piston engine to keep it charged up when it's on the road. According to the Linc Volt project's Web site:
The Automotive X Prize, a competition for 100 MPG vehicles, has been announced and the Goodwin Young "Linc Volt" team has had its "letter of intent" to participate accepted. A qualifying race will be held in 2009 and the final race from California to Washington D.C. will take place in 2010.
Read more about the Linc Volt on Sun Microsystems' Web site.