The On-Going Webb-Gem "EV
Burned My House Down" Saga continues...
The news so
The 7/30/2002 Tuesday morning New
York Post Page Six article:
The CNN AMERICAN MORNING
With PAULA ZAHN
More in Friday's Page
The 8/5/2002 EVworld
article series by Josh Landess
single professional I queried, at NHTSA, the National Fire
Prevention Association (NFPA), the National Fire Academy, the
Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas or the California Fire
Marshall's Office was able to report they'd heard about any recent
trend toward EV, HEV or NEV fires."
GEMCar is a DaimlerChrysler company, and they assigned Max Gates of their Media Relations Group to take questions on the incident.
"We have gone through our files looking for any other reports of fires relating either to use or charging of GEMs, and haven't found anything. This is the first case of this type we've heard
of... Unfortunately, the NHTSA apparently doesn't track fires unless they're related to traffic accidents, traffic
collisions... We don't have anything in our records to indicate there's ever been a previous incident like this."
The Veronica Webb - Diane
Thoughts on this from Dave Goldstein President, EVA/DC
Jim Motavalli's Wheels
Column - Burning Down The House
Veronica Webb interviewed
on Black Entertainment Television - August 7th
The February 17, 2000 GM
EV-1 Fire & Recall - Phil Karn report
Recent Large Scale
Vandalism of NEVs in Key West
Everybody has made fun
of this from Howard Stern to Rush Limbaugh. It's like something
right out of The Osbournes! Except
the dog died. But it's not so funny to the EV community. So far it's
been a "he said-she said" between PAGE SIX's Ian
Spiegelman's journalistic license, someone on the Key West Fire
Department speaking out-of-school and Veronica Webb's wild emotions
about her loss. GEM is still investigating the fire and has promised
As of this typing no detailed press release has been issued yet but
GEM is cooperating with Electrifying Times gathering information. Other than GEM,
nobody from the EV press has been able to reach Ms Webb or her husband
a more educated line of questioning, leaving uninformed TV
anchors to do our job. Trust us, if these GEM fires were
common place, as some fireman is quoted saying to Ms. Webb's
husband, Electrifying Times would have heard about them by now.
There are hundreds of thousands of NEVs servicing theme parks, movie
studios, military bases, golf courses and
gated communities all over the world. If this was a serious concern,
it would be the talk of the entire EV industry. This fire was an
isolated incident and our wish is for this disparaging comment to be
cleared up, and not perpetuated ad nauseum by an ev-unfriendly
Oiligarchy media insidiously milking the moment.
Stay tuned for more fun
and games from evland...
Lingerie GEM Firebabes to the Rescue...