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Electric Cars Grow the Economy in Lincoln, California

Updated on December 2, 2021
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Growing Economy

Lincoln, California is the fastest growing city in California since 2010, developing alternative and sustainable energy sources is part of that growth.

This was determined for this status by a Business Week study that found the Fastest Growing Cities in America. Previous to this ranking, also rated the city as the fastest growing in the state.

Lincoln, California:
Lincoln, CA, USA

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A Sacramento Suburb

The Third Fastest Growing U.S. City

Lincoln is located to the west of Highway I-80 on State Route 65 and the towns of Rocklin, Roseville and Citrus Heights. To the slight northwest lies Lincoln Municipal Airport, Lake of the Woods State Wildlife Area, and Beale Air Force Base.

Lincoln is also a suburb of the state capital Sacramento, and began as a housing development and bedroom community for the big city 30 miles away.

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 Italcar Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV)Even the US Army uses the NEV.
 Italcar Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV)
Italcar Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) | Source
Even the US Army uses the NEV.
Even the US Army uses the NEV. | Source

Electric cars are working well in many American communities to provide clean-energy transportation and to promote sustainability.

Lincoln Electric Vehicles (LEVs)

Lincoln Electric Vehicles Save Money

Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs) manufactured and sold in Lincoln are electric and designated as street-legal with a maximum speed of 25 to 35 mph, the speed limit of local residential settings.

Starting at a cost of just over $6,000, the vehicles are low-cost to charge (50 cents in 2010), and low-cost to insure (half the premium of a gasoline auto).

These vehicles are a little larger than golf carts and have headlights, tail lights, and other automobile features.

In Lincoln, most malls provide customers with convenient LSV charging outlets top charge batteries while they shop. Specially dedicated park-and-charge parking spaces are marked "NEV" on the asphalt.

These vehicles have been put to use as personal transportation, as police vehicles in pedestrian locations, and even as food vendors' wagons.

Chrisler GEM used as a security vehicle.
Chrisler GEM used as a security vehicle. | Source

My friends at the local Tesla electric car plant in Ohio tell me that a low-speed vehicle (LSV) is a street-legal 4-wheeled vehicle with a maximum speed of about 25 mph or 40 km/h. They are a bit faster than the golf cart or neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV), so they can travel on more roadways.

Historic Downtown Lincoln

The historic area of Downtown Lincoln covers approximately twelve square blocks of properties filling in with a wide variety of businesses. Commercial space is relatively inexpensive at 80 cents to $1.50 per square early 2010 and attractive to new commerce.

A classic car museum is located downtown and heads up the yearly Classic Car Show each June. Additional downtown events present entertaining activities to interest locals and visitors.

The local Lincoln bus system operates the Downtown Circulator each Monday through Friday around the historic area and along Stare Route 65. The bus stops at City Hall, local retail stores, the Twelve Bridges Library, Twelve Bridges Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente health services. The circulator links to the Placer County bus lines on the Lincoln-Rocklin-Sierra College route as well.

The city Parks and Recreation Department headquartered downtown maintains a network of bike trails and over a dozen parks, along with sports and recreational events for all ages.

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  • Lincoln Hills Golf Club

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    A therapeutic horseback riding program founded in 1985. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of children and young adults with neurological disabilities.

Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady
Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady | Source

Beale Air Force Base Helps Haiti

Beale AFB is home to the U-2 Dragonlady that provides high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance, 24/7 wherever needed.

One of these U-2 Dragonladies was launched from Beale on January 27, 2010 in order to capture critical imagery to help the Humanitarian Relief Mission of the US armed services in Haiti.

Service men and women from the various Missions at Beale AFB volunteered for duty in the ground level humanitarian efforts for Haiti and took off for Florida on January 27 to spend many hours helping. Since that time, they have been involved in other humanitarian and community efforts.

Local Business and Job Trends

US Federal Employment Forecast to through 2024

The job clusters that are expected to produce the largest numbers of newly-created employment openings in the Sacramento- Roseville labor market, including Lincoln and Rocklin are:

  1. Executives and Managers: ll Industries, including sustainable energy
  2. Education & Training Administrators: Includes library-related jobs.
  3. Business Specialists, including wholesale and retail sales
  4. Insurance Jobs
  5. Human Resources, Training and related jobs.
  6. Financial Specialists
  7. Information Technology and Mathematics Occupations
  8. All types of Architectural and Engineering jobs
  9. Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences
  10. Community and Social Services
  11. Legal Occupations
  12. Teachers, Instructors, and related jobs at all educational levels.

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Safeway Grocery Stores
  2. Centerline Drivers, LLC
  3. R.E. Garrison: Trucking Industry
  4. California State University at Sacramento
  5. Retail: Target Stores, Home Depot
  6. Kaiser Permanente: Health and Medicine
  7. Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza restaurants
  8. Tesla, Inc. (electric and autonomous cars)
  9. CVS Health & Pharmacy

Top 10 Hot Local Jobs

  1. Office Technician: Various levels of the government.
  2. Truck Drivers with CDL
  3. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  4. Jobs at Tesla in Rocklin and Sacramento
  5. Sales Representatives
  6. Staff Services Analysts
  7. Physical Therapists
  8. Staff Services Managers
  9. Store Managers and Assistants
  10. Physical and Occupational Therapy Aides and Assistants

Education and Training Centers

  • American River College: Large number of 2-year degree and transfer programs. 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, California 95841
  • Sierra College: Accredited, two-year community college that serves Placer, Nevada, El Dorado, and Sacramento counties. HQ is at Rocklin, below Lincoln, California. 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin 95677
  • The MTI College: Vocational careers and certifications. 5221 Madison Ave, Sacramento 95841
  • William Jessup University: Located closest to Lincoln, California. This university expanded in 2009 with a new student apartment complex, a School of Professional Studies, with further expansions begun in 2010. A tuition cut yielded a 2.5% savings to students for 2009-2010, about $500 per student for the school year. 2121 University Avenue, Rocklin 95765

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS


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