NEVs come in many shapes, styles, and configurations. This page has vehicles that are generally available to residents of Lincoln, CA. While some cars have been discontinued, and others must be shipped, many cars are in-stock and available at local dealers. Lincoln residents have a wide array of vehicles from which to choose. Information on this page is provided by manufacturers and may be subject to change. If you're interested in a car, contact the dealer for current options and prices.
You'll see more GEMs in Lincoln than any other electric vehicle. After all, Lincoln was named the first "GEM friendly" city in the U.S. GEM is a division of DaimlerChrysler, and their electric cars are sold at local Chrysler dealers. The vehicles have a range of approximately 30 miles, and are available in many configurations. From pick-ups to six-seat transports, there's a good chance GEM has a car for you.
The popularity and high quality of GEMs make them a solid choice for anyone considering an electric vehicle. Since they are sold locally, at-home service is available. In addition, there are many after-market web sites that sell parts and upgrades for GEM vehicles. You won't go wrong with a GEM.
Tomberlin makes two, four, and six seat vehicles with a range of 30-40 miles. These attractive, quality vehicles are available locally from Electrick Motorsports in Loomis. They are surprisingly affordable, with two-seat models starting at $6,499.
The E-Merge (shown on left) is currently in production, and sports advanced features such as front wheel disc brakes, alloy wheels, and automotive-style suspension. A special edition "Super Sport" model is now available, starting at $7,999. The SS car comes standard with a high-performance motor controller, custom seats, 12" alloy wheels with low profile tires, a leather steering wheel and an upgraded dash.
Particularly impressive is Tomberlin's upcoming Anvil model (shown on right). It will be available in early 2009, and features bold, aggressive styling. Besides its unique look, the Anvil has a fold-down rear seat, an enclosed cargo area, and aluminum wheels. It's also much larger than traditional NEVs--at a whopping six feet wide! The Anvil is truly the Sport Utility Vehicle of NEVs. The base model Anvil will start at approximately $9,500, and will also be available locally from Electrick Motorsports, Inc.
The ZENN is a two-passenger luxury electric vehicle that looks and feels more like a small car than a traditional NEV. ZENN stands for, "Zero Emission No Noise", and manufacturers its cars in Saint Jerome, Quebec. The vehicle has a 72-Volt electrical system, and includes many car-like features not typically found on NEVs (such as adjustable seats). The car also has a wide variety of available options, including power windows and sunroof, a stereo system, heater, and even an air conditioning system. Vehicle prices start at around $13,600. You can read our full review here.
B.I.G. Man makes two, five, and eight passenger vehicles--with an advertised range of up to 75 miles. Popular with rental fleets, these well-built, long-range vehicles are manufactured in Alva, Oklahoma. Their back seat holds three passengers, while competing vehicles typically seat two. The extra seating makes this car an excellent choice for families.
B.I.G. Man vehicles are now available locally from Electric Car Living in Rocklin, CA. Service is also available, making B.I.G. man a serious contender in the local NEV market. Before you buy a NEV, be sure to check out the B.I.G. Man.
Columbia ParCar has manufactured small vehicles since 1946, and NEVs since 2000. Today, they offer an impressive array of NEVs. From passenger models to utility vehicles, Columbia ParCar has a vehicle to fit almost any need. The cars and trucks have impressive standard features, and many available options (depending on the model).
NOTE: Columbia ParCar also makes golf carts. If you are plan to utilize the City's NEV infrastructiure, be sure to let the dealer know that you need a NEV model.
The closest dealer is in Livermore, and will deliver to Lincoln. For more information, contact Yamaha Golf Cars Of California at (925) 371-5350, or visit their website
Another popular vehicle in Lincoln is the Ford Th!nk. Unfortunately, it was discontinued, and is now only available on the "pre-owned" market. Parts are still generally available from Ford dealers, but you may get a quizzical look and a high price when you visit the service department. Notably, the Lincoln airport uses these vehicles at special events.
There are also local dealers who sell "NEVs" built on a golf cart chassis, usually made by well-known golf cart companies. Some of these vehicles are street-legal, but be careful. Ensure that the vehicle has headlights, brake lights, turn signals, as well as rear and side mirrors. This article has more information about the difference between golf carts and NEVs. A golf cart is NOT street legal outside of designated golf cart lanes. Make sure the vehicle you are buying is a true NEV.