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The History of Electric Vehicles

More and more people are turning their attention toward electric vehicles for a host of reasons. From their premier frugality to their ability to save the planet one trip at a time, the list of benefits does not end. That is why we at Pohanka Nissan of Fredericksburg would like to get you up to speed with the storied history of how electric vehicles came to be. From humble beginnings to overwhelming popularity, shop with us today to put yourself at the helm of a driving option that you can be confident in. We are located at 5200 Jefferson Davis Highway in Fredericksburg, VA.

History

One would assume that since electric vehicles are very prevalent in this day and age, that they are fairly new to the market. This couldn’t be any further from the truth, as they were popularized over a hundred years ago. In fact, the first electric vehicle was introduced in the 1800s, becoming more successful in the U.S. around 1890 thanks to a man by the name of William Morrison. A chemist from Des Moines, Iowa, Morrison crafted his first six-passenger vehicle that was capable of a top speed of 14 MPH. By 1900, electric vehicles accounted for around a third of all vehicles on the road1.  Unfortunately, they died off in popularity for quite a while due to their lackluster power, thanks to the electric motor which required a dangerous cranking method. After World War I, production almost completely came to a halt, although the quest to refine the electric vehicle did not end.

Resurgence

As time passed, there was a comeback from the once forgotten electric vehicle in the 1960s and early 1970s, mainly to reduce air pollution and because of the OPEC oil embargo. These machines were silent, a breeze to drive, and didn’t emit the harmful effects of pollution. Pair that with the unfortunate rise in oil prices and the reliance on foreign oil, and more and more people were looking toward these vehicles as a means for transportation. Unfortunately, most driving options only peaked at 45 MPH, which was still a cause for concern. Nevertheless, many large and small automakers still began production. Manufacturers like General Motors began making prototypes to test the waters by coming up with something that didn’t require pricey fuel. 

Today

Fast forward to this day and age, and you can’t go a moment without seeing the latest and greatest electric vehicles passing you on the road or on your television during a commercial. In 2010, the Nissan LEAF was introduced to the U.S. market, and took the world by storm with its sheer power and interior comforts, redefining what it means to get your hands on an electric vehicle. Many automakers have followed suit and have created a segment of vehicles that are not only efficient but powerful. This way, you can limit your carbon footprint, save money on gas, and finance a ride that you can be confident in. 

Now that we have given you a brief overview of the history of electric vehicles, why not check out some of our options? We at Pohanka Nissan of Fredericksburg look forward to helping you get behind the wheel of the electric vehicle that you have always wanted. We have flexible hours for your convenience.

 

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Susan G.
Susan G.
YELP
3-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My husband and I just purchased our second car from Pohanka. The service and attention to helping us was incredible. Thank you Roman, our salesperson, for working with us to sell us a great car and make it affordable. The staff is impeccable!

James Chason
James Chason
GOOGLE
3-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Just purchased my second frontier in 5 years from Pohanka. They have an Outstanding sales team and I always have outstanding service for my 5K service visits. I am very hard on my trucks and to be honest, you cannot beat a Frontier for quality, ride, and value. I have never had one single issue with my truck EVER!!! You will not be disappointed with this truck or Pohanka Nissan.

Sierra Morcom
Sierra Morcom
GOOGLE
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Shout out to Roman and Tim Pohanka. They made my experience stress-free and inviting! I would highly recommend this dealership for anyone looking for a new Nissan.

Kenneth Walker
Kenneth Walker
GOOGLE
3-14-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Renee Bridgett
Renee Bridgett
GOOGLE
3-12-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The team (Ensa, Tim, Bob) was pleasant, fast, informative and knowledgeable. They listen to my needs and wants and I was able to leave the parking lot in a brand new 2020 Nissan Sentra which exceeded my expectations.

Frank Carter
Frank Carter
GOOGLE
3-12-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
tyler buff
tyler buff
GOOGLE
3-10-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great place to buy a vehicle. Also Roman S. Helped me find exactly what I wanted and made it extremely easy to buy. I would recommend this dealership to anyone just make sure to ask for Roman

Kent Swenson
Kent Swenson
GOOGLE
3-10-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

We worked with Bert Carlson. He was awesome. We have purchased three cars with him over the last year. Everyone at the dealership was great.

samantha schmitt
samantha schmitt
GOOGLE
3-10-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

They were so very helpful and did whatever they could to make sure we walked out with a car. Emea and Bob thanks for all your help y'all are awesome! I highly recommend this place!

Sarah L.
YELP
3-10-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My husband and I looked at so many dealerships before going to Pohanka. We loved the first vehicle we found and the process to purchase was super easy with Roman's assistance! We are very pleased with our purchase and the service at Pohanka!

jeff Peabody
jeff Peabody
GOOGLE
3-7-2020
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Amanda Bates
Amanda Bates
GOOGLE
3-6-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star
Tisa Thomas
Tisa Thomas
GOOGLE
3-5-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The staff was great, and my sales rep Ezme was AMAZING! They worked really hard to get me approved for what I wanted but although they couldn’t I still got a sweet deal. Leaving the car lot with a brand new 2020 car felt even better. Ezme listened to my needs and she understood my situation. I went to 4 dealerships and this was the only one where I felt like they really wanted to help me. If you ever go to this dealership, ask for Ezme. She is a sweet and kind lady. Thank you sooooo much Ezme, I love my new car.

katie wilfong
katie wilfong
GOOGLE
3-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Love my new 2020 Nissan Altima SV AWD. They have amazing customer service. I came all the way from Petersburg, VA because they had exactly what I was looking for. They listened and really cared about what I was looking for.

Jenny Byl
Jenny Byl
GOOGLE
3-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Frank & Maria Wyatt
Frank & Maria Wyatt
GOOGLE
3-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

CAME IN FOR 15,000-MILE SERVICES. HAD THEM CHECK SOME ISSUES WITH MY STEREO/TOUCH SCREEN. SERVICES WERE COMPLETED IN A TIMELY MANNER. THEY COULD NOT REPLICATE THE PROBLEMS WITH THE STEREO, BUT THEY DID RE-SET IT. I HAVEN'T HAD PROBLEMS SINCE.

Katie W.
Katie W.
YELP
3-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Love my new 2020 Nissan Altima SV AWD. I loved the experience. They really listen and care about what you want.

Nicole Baker
Nicole Baker
GOOGLE
3-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I had a very pleasant experience at Pohanka Nissan in Fredericksburg. All of the staff was very personable and nice to do business with. Especially Roman, he helped us find a car that’s perfect for us and going to last us a long time. He was a great salesman! Very personable and nice. Highly recommend this location :)

Shelbie Barker
Shelbie Barker
GOOGLE
3-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Last Chance
Last Chance
GOOGLE
2-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

This is the best place to buy a car. From. Start to finish . The salesman Jordarn and the Bob from finance made this the best buying experience ever ....... I would send anyone there way cause they will and can make it happen .

Neasa Lewis
Neasa Lewis
GOOGLE
2-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great customer service! Amazing staff! Very helpful! Answered every question. Roman really listened to everything I wanted and he delivered! Extremely satisfied with my purchase!

Cheryl Jackson
Cheryl Jackson
GOOGLE
2-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Ryan B.
Ryan B.
YELP
2-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I was able to purchase the car I have always wanted from Pohanka at a great price. They provided great service. I spoke with Tim for over a week through text until I finally drove from 2 hours away to finalize the deal. I recommend visiting Pohanka of Fredericksburg to anyone looking for good service and a great deal.

prestoni01
prestoni01
GOOGLE
2-27-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Exceptionally friendly, professional staff. Nothing too much trouble. Probably the smoothest new vehicle buying experience I have had.

Jared Johnson
Jared Johnson
GOOGLE
2-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Rick Watson
Rick Watson
GOOGLE
2-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star
Willis Madden
Willis Madden
GOOGLE
2-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Charlotte Madden
Charlotte Madden
GOOGLE
2-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

People say buying a new car is a horriffic experience. Nothing is further from the truth with Pohanka Nissan. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgable but not pushy. I was able to walk around and look without someone breathing down my neck. When I had questions they were easily answered. I bought the Palisade and the processing and paperwork was a breeze. Picked up the car the next day and it was ready and waiting. I would definately refer my family and friends.

Charlotte B.
Charlotte B.
YELP
2-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

People say buying a new car is a horriffic experience. Nothing is further from the truth with Pohanka Nissan. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgable but not pushy. I was able to walk around and look without someone breathing down my neck. When I had questions they were easily answered. I bought the Palisade and the processing and paperwork was a breeze. Picked up the car the next day and it was ready and waiting. I would definately refer my family and friends.

Rahul Gupta
Rahul Gupta
GOOGLE
2-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Kevin Kishpaug
Kevin Kishpaug
GOOGLE
2-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star
sherita johnson
sherita johnson
GOOGLE
2-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Love these guys went to them twice and each time I went it was great customer service and came out with a car.

Kunno Prak
Kunno Prak
GOOGLE
2-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

helpful, professional staff..

Phillip Cotton
Phillip Cotton
GOOGLE
2-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I met with with of the sales rep at the Fredericksburg location. His name was Roman and he provided the upmost best customer service I’ve ever really experienced. He made my car search really about me. He answered all the questions I had And also shared new information about Nissan with me. I’d recommend if you are looking to buy or lease a vehicle stop by and see Roman.

James Tates
James Tates
GOOGLE
2-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great experience overall! Very good communication between techs and service administrators. Appreciated the financing options. Team overall genuinely care for their Customers and most importantly they’re people first which made the experience very easy

Greg Garland
Greg Garland
GOOGLE
2-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Pohanka sales staff were awesome. I got a great quote that beat Ford Transit Connect. At Pohanka they don’t play games like the others. I’m happy with my choice of my NV200 and Love the staff at Pohanka.

Ana Llanos
Ana Llanos
GOOGLE
2-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Belle Flores
Belle Flores
GOOGLE
2-13-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star
Henry Apfelbach
Henry Apfelbach
GOOGLE
2-12-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Leslie Lausten
Leslie Lausten
GOOGLE
2-12-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Really liked working with Roman as we bought our 2020 Nissan Rogue! I highly recommend him!

Russell Jason Vincent Hobbs
Russell Jason Vincent Hobbs
GOOGLE
2-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Always receives excellent service.

Carrie Willett
Carrie Willett
GOOGLE
2-8-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Ramon worked hard to get me a great deal on my new Murano!

Verne M
Verne M
GOOGLE
2-7-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Kevin Simmons
Kevin Simmons
GOOGLE
2-7-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Mr. Wonderful
Mr. Wonderful
GOOGLE
2-5-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

It took four days to replace a fuel pump which I thought was excessive. But otherwise, they are very professional and the car is running great now.

Eric Meadows Jr.
Eric Meadows Jr.
GOOGLE
2-4-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I love Timmy’s effort to put miracles together, and how Sabrina In finance will make sure you’re not taken advantage of as a young person. Would recommend this dealership.

Amarillo Off Leash K9 Training & Best Dog Trainer
Amarillo Off Leash K9 Training & Best Dog Trainer
GOOGLE
2-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Wonderful experience and team! As a female walking into a dealership, it can be intimidating. I was treated fairly and professionally. I am forever a customer of Pohanka. It was such a smooth and fast process.

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1 For more information visit https://www.energy.gov/articles/history-electric-car