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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Official Statement by Neil Young on Yesterday's Fire

Here is an official statement by Neil Young on yesterday's fire from Lincvolt - Repowering the American Dream - Blog:
"My wife Pegi and I would like to thank the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Dept for doing such an exemplary job at our recent warehouse fire. A lot of archival items were threatened and the fire department did a first class job protecting them. We are lucky to have these professionals in our area.

We are thankful that no one was hurt in the fire. Rest assured that we have the very best fire rescue and protection in San Carlos and Belmont.

Lincvolt was severely damaged in the fire. We are still investigating the exact cause although it appears to be an operator error that occurred in an untested part of the charging system.

We do know that the car has been operating perfectly for almost 2 thousand miles and the system in question would not be in use while driving the car. We are investigating the components involved with plug-in charging.

It is interesting to note that all of the components except the battery systems in Lincvolt are made in the USA. The only components we could not get domestically were the batteries and battery associated systems. We are still looking for a domestic source.

There is a computer in Lincvolt. It may function like a 'black box.' It may be useful for gathering data. We will be removing it today and sending it to Lincvolt team member Perrone Robotics.

While this is a setback for us we are planning ways to continue. We will begin cleaning and inspecting Lincvolt today.

We had just returned from Las Vegas where we did a presentation of Lincvolt at SEMA. We made a 4-part film of the presentation there that was originally to be released on the day of the fire.

Part 1 is now available and parts 2, 3 and 4 will be posted in the next 24 hours.

For more about the Lincvolt, please visit www.lincvolt.com.

- Neil Young's Keynote Address at SEMA - Part #1.


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At 11/10/2010 07:21:00 PM, Blogger ShittyHorse said...

Well, its good to know that Lincvolt is not dead and that Neil and team will be continuing with her- who knows this could be a blessing in disguise. Good luck Lincvolt team!

At 11/10/2010 09:40:00 PM, Blogger Kimball said...

This is just a test of Neil's resolve in his search for energy answers. I know he'll be back at it with twice the dedication. The goal is noble. This is also likely (definitely) a sign from the Great Spirit that its time to release Toast.

I'm looking forward to the blu-ray or otherwise high resolution audio Le Noise release, and the blu-ray audio release of the first 4 albums... And I beleive we were led to believe that the blu-ray video of Neil driving across Texas singing the songs to Fork in the Road was coming too! I'm patiently waiting for thise things. I realize this fire will likely setback some progress, but there is so much to be thankful for.

At 11/10/2010 11:51:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Oh my! How horrible...

At 11/11/2010 12:01:00 AM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

Look how long Neil's 1948 Buick Hearse has lived on in so many ways. Lincvolt will be back. Good news about what was saved, and the good work of the fire fighters.

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At 11/12/2010 10:22:00 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Good job of thanking the firefighters Neil. Obviously most important that no one was hurt.
Not to be a Monday morning Quarterback, but I am curious why you wouldn't have investigated the fire protection systems available in the building before storing such valuable items. I'm sure the insurance won't be able to replace everything. something to look seriously at if you decide to move your belongings.


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