Chad Kirchner
Chad is the Editor-in-Chief for EV Pulse. He has years of experience covering the automotive industry and has been featured in Truck Trend, The Drive, Overland Journal, AutoGuide, Automotive Map, and other places.
Articles by Chad Kirchner
Watts To Freedom: Watch the 2022 GMC Hummer EV’s WTF feature in action on the digital display

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV doesn’t have launch control to get the 1,000 horsepower truck from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. No, that’d be too normal. Instead, GMC is calling the procedure “Watts to Freedom.” Presumably, GMC wanted to call it WTF and they needed something to get past the lawyers. Regardless, here’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/26/2020
2021 Nissan Ariya photo gallery

Nissan is bringing their electric crossover, the Ariya, to the United States in 2021. It’ll be an important launch for the brand—- they have thebestsellingg EV in the world but no crossover — and it’ll give us an idea into the future of Nissan’s electrification strategy. We’ve compiled a photo gallery of all of the […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/26/2020
Colorado Nissan dealership offering $39/month Nissan Leaf deals

Do you fancy yourself driving an electric car but don’t want to spend the money on one? There’s a Nissan dealership in Colorado right now that has an offering you might not be able to refuse. Empire Lakewood Nissan is currently offering a $39/month lease on the standard range Nissan Leaf S. Yes, it’s the […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/22/2020
Tesla “Full Self Driving” option to increase in price to $10,000 on Thursday (Updated)

The complete rewrite of Tesla‘s “Full Self Driving” functionality is rolling out to a limited number of beta users right now, as CEO Elon Musk promised during Battery Day. As a result, Musk believes it is time to raise the price of the option. While no car is actually full self driving — we believe […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/22/2020
Watts To Freedom is more than just launch control on the 2022 GMC Hummer EV

To achieve the 0 to 60 mph claim of 3 seconds on the 2020 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1, the driver must initialize and use the truck’s launch control function. Except on the Hummer EV, it’s not called that. Watts To Freedom, or WTF, is what GMC is calling the launch mode on the Hummer […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/21/2020
2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 photo gallery

Now that the 2022 GMC Hummer EV is here, you probably are interested in checking out every nook and cranny of the big off-roader. We’ve compiled all of the press photos, since we haven’t seen it in person yet, of the new GMC Hummer EV for you to digest in high resolution. Scroll through our […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/21/2020
Captain Obvious: The GMC Hummer EV was never supposed to be all things to all people

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is finally here, kind of. It’ll be here at the end of next year. But now that we’ve seen it, people are chiming in on what they think. Many, it seems like, don’t like it because it wasn’t designed for them. Well no shit. The electric pickup truck is rapidly […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/21/2020
2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 seemingly sold out already

If you’re trying to reserve one of the new GMC Hummer EV models, you’re probably experiencing a slow connection to the website. If you’re trying to reserve an Edition 1, slated to arrive late next year, you might be too late. We’re currently unsure if this is because it is, in fact, sold out, or […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/20/2020
GMC Hummer EV electric truck pricing across all trims

GMC will officially take a $100 refundable deposit from you to reserve an all-new GMC Hummer EV electric pickup truck. But which one should you order? We have a breakdown of some of the features a pricing. The features on the higher editions are in addition to the features of lower trims. GMC Hummer EV […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/20/2020
2022 GMC Hummer EV revealed

The wait is finally over. We now have details on the upcoming, all-electric pickup truck from GMC. Badged as the Hummer EV, GMC claims it’s the world’s first electric super truck. Powering the Hummer EV is GM’s Ultium Drive setup, with an estimated 1,000 horsepower being sent to all four wheels. Additionally, GMC is claiming […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/20/2020
GM building Cadillac Lyriq and other EVs at Spring Hill plant in Tennessee

General Motors decided that the land of George Strait, after he left his exes, was the perfect place to build the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq and other electric vehicles. It’s such an optimal place, in fact, the company is spending $2 billion to transition the plant. “We are committed to investing in the U.S., our employees […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/20/2020
Top 5 EVs with the longest range: October 2020

One of the main factors people look for when buying an electric vehicle is range. In the United States, especially, the longer the range the more appealing the car is to prospective buyers. Here’s a list of the Top 5 longest range electric vehicles on sale in the United States for October 2020. 5. Chevrolet […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/20/2020
Tesla reduces used vehicle warranty in confusing pattern of confidence reducing measures

In order to build confidence in the brand, Tesla offered two things that made it stand out. One, it allowed people to drive the car for 7 days and return it no questions asked. Two, Tesla offered 2 to 4 year warranties on used Model S and Model X models. The company cut the 7 […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/19/2020
Tesla removes 7 day no hassle return policy on new cars sold

One of the disadvantages of buying a new car without driving it is that you aren’t sure what you’re going to get. With Tesla‘s build quality issues of the past, being able to spend a week with your new purchase was a crucial step to build confidence in the vehicle  you purchased. Now that feature […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/19/2020
Tesla Model 3 gains parts from Model Y, sees improved range

If you were waiting for some of the changes from the Tesla Model Y to make its way to the Model 3, your wait is over. Available to order now with a 5 to 9 week delivery window is the new Tesla Model 3. Some of the changes you’ll notice is the replacement of the […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/19/2020
Dacia Spring Electric is the most affordable EV in Europe

Imagine, if you will, a Nissan Kicks with an electric powertrain and a low price. That, as far as we can tell, is the Dacia Spring Electric and it’s fantastic. It has a 44 hp electric motor mated to a 26.8 kWh battery pack. On the WLTP cycle, it’s rated at 140 miles of range. […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/19/2020
Rivian completes first Rebelle Rally

The Rebelle Rally is officially over, and the scoring is tallied up. The 8-day off-road adventure pits teams of two against either other to find and score the most points using just a map and a compass. No GPS. No Apple Maps. No technology. Of course, that no technology rule doesn’t apply to the vehicles […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/18/2020
Elon Musk’s price change of the Tesla Model S electric vehicle is only partially related to Lucid Motors

Tesla recently announced another price drop on their Model S electric sedan. The base price is now $69,420. The primary competition is priced at $69,900 after the $7,500 tax credit. It’s easy to assume that Lucid Motors was the cause for the new price drop, now that it has announced pricing for its Air electric […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/15/2020
Mercedes-Benz builds a case study in extreme off-road electric capability with EQC 4×4²

Mercedes-Benz sometimes takes a vehicle in their lineup and gives it the extreme off-road treatment. This time, they’ve done it to the electric EQC and it looks bonkers. Called the EQC 4×4², Mercedes-Benz calls it the “electric car of extremes.” This currently one-off concept is based on the EQC 400 4MATIC. It features upgraded multi-link […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/14/2020
Musk lowering the price of the Tesla Model S in response to competition

In response to Lucid Motors pricing of their Lucid Air, Elon Musk announced that he’s dropping the price of the Tesla Model S. That new price? $69,420. Because he has the maturity of a 12-year-old boy. The Model S currently is priced at $71,990 before the destination and handling charge. For comparison, the base Lucid […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/14/2020
Electrify America expanding midwest DC fast charging at Meijer locations

Having a Tesla Model 3 in the midwest, we often need to hit up a Supercharger. The Superchargers closest to where we live are all in the parking lots of Meijer locations. Now there’s a possibility those same stores will also support other electric vehicles. Electrify America announced that they are working with Meijer to […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/9/2020
Listen to the Audi e-tron GT sing the song of its people

Electric cars are relatively silent in day-to-day operation. Law requires them to make noise at lower speeds to pedestrians can hear them coming, but aside from that there isn’t a lot of audible goodness going on. Also, as we determined driving some of the best gasoline-powered sports cars, noise matters. So how does a manufacturer […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/8/2020
Check out Magna’s active aero technology in action and see how it makes cars more efficient

Magna is an automotive parts supplier who is working on some future technology to make cars greener and more efficient. One of those technologies is active aerodynamics. Once restricted to high performance sports cars, the technology is becoming more and more mainstream. One of those potential future applications is electric cars. While the Tesla Model […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/6/2020
Watch Ford torture test the 2021 F-150 PowerBoost hybrid pickup truck

As Ford moves toward more electrification, there will be products that will need to be able to handle extreme environments. Hybridizing the F-150, and ultimately completely electrifying it, means that Ford will need to make sure it’s as capable and durable as their normal gasoline-powered offerings. “Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/6/2020
Don’t believe any of the hype around increased ride share usage around coronavirus

There are several stories making the rounds that say that thanks to the effects of coronavirus, people aren’t buying cars and are going to rely more on ride share services to get around. It doesn’t take much to realize that this is false. In 2020, new car sales haven’t been epic. The coronavirus outbreak halted […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/5/2020
Electrify America introduces solar-powered charging in rural California

Where power is readily available, especially the 3 Phase required for fast charging, it is easy to add electric vehicle charging infrastructure. But what if there isn’t? What if you want to add a charging station where power isn’t easy to find? What if you want that power to be renewable? Then you need to […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/5/2020
Power Innovations providing the juice for the Rivian R1T and others during Rebelle Rally

The upcoming Rebelle Rally is an event that tests the endurance and capability of both the team driving and the vehicle itself. Taking place in the desert, however, creates some interesting challenges if you’re running a vehicle that requires electricity. Power Innovations has the answer. For this year’s Rebelle Rally, Power Innovations is providing green […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/5/2020
Tesla deliveries solid for the 3rd quarter in a pandemic

The spread of the coronavirus has put a damper on much of the auto industry. It is difficult to build cars if the pants aren’t open. With the end of the 3rd quarter upon, we’re getting delivery numbers from all the electric vehicle manufacturers. Tesla continues to deliver. For the quarter ending September 30, Tesla […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/2/2020
Diesel is the top selling alternative fuel type

It is the end of the 3rd quarter and automakers are reporting their sales. The numbers are expected to be lower thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are some growth spots to mention, and one peculiarity in the alternative fuels segment. According to Tyson Jominy, Vice President of automotive data and analytics at JD Power […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/1/2020
Rebelle Rally kicks off next week with first electric truck participant

The Rebelle Rally is an off-road challenge that pits teams against each other to test navigation ability, driving talent, and ability to work as a team. With no cellphones or GPS units allowed, the winner is the team with the most skill, and not necessarily the fastest. It, quite honestly, sounds like fun. And for […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/1/2020
Driving Ford’s Mustang present to prepare for Ford’s Mustang future

Last year at an event in California, Ford pulled the sheet off the all-new, fully electric crossover from the Blue Oval. It was called the Mach-E. But more specifically, it was called the Mustang Mach-E. “You’re telling me that the Ford Mustang is now a crossover and an EV?” The people cried foul. Some folks […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/1/2020
2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid has performance numbers to rival Raptor

Even though the 2021 Ford F-150 with the PowerBoost hybrid system isn’t a plug-in hybrid, it is the first serious attempt at a full hybrid in the pickup truck segment in quite awhile. Ford is positioning its F-150 hybrid at the top of the pyramid for performance, and now we know how high that pyramid […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/29/2020
Rolls-Royce working on electric vehicles for regulatory reasons

Does the average Rolls-Royce customer, who is far from average, desire a plug-in or full-electric car? Will the storied brand adopt battery technology for future models? Yes, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. In an interview with Automotive News, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said that the company will have its first full electric […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/28/2020
2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe photo gallery and details explored

A plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler is coming, with 25 miles of all-electric range and the most torque of any production Wrangler currently on sale. It should be an impressive addition to the off-road lineup. Thanks to COVID-19, it has been difficult to see new models up close. Livestream reveals and Zoom calls haven’t made getting […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/28/2020
Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept photo gallery and up close details

The novel coronavirus pandemic has created challenges for automakers launching new vehicles. Reveals at auto shows have been dumped for live Zoom calls and YouTube streams. Getting a chance to see a new car up close, at least right now, is more difficult than ever. But that hasn’t stopped us from seeking out these new […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/28/2020
Tesla Battery Day 2020 recap

The 2020 Tesla Motors Battery Day event just concluded, and here’s a quick recap how it went down in case you missed it. Musk started off talking about his recap of this pandemic year of manufacturing and the amount of growth he expects from the company overall. While it’s not as good as 2019, he’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Tesla Cybertruck can really only happen in United States, smaller version for rest of world: Battery Day

Tesla‘s Battery Day is here, and during the predictable question and answer session, someone asked about the Cybertruck. According to Musk, they’ve “stopped counting” reservations. Musk says that when Giga Austin is up and running, 250,000 to 300,000 Cybertrucks produced a year will be possible. Due to legal reasons, the Cybertruck as it is wouldn’t […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Smaller, $25,000 fully-autonomous Tesla car coming according to Musk: Battery Day

During Tesla‘s Battery Day event, CEO Elon Musk said that he has a less expensive car on the way. While he wouldn’t give many details, he said it’d be $25,000. Tesla says it’ll be able to lower prices per kWh by 56% thanks to improvement in manufacturing and battery designs, and when that happens Tesla […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Model S Plaid available at the end of 2021; available now to order for $139,990: Battery Day

Following the major Tesla Battery Day announcement, Elon Musk said that there is a Model S Plaid coming officially, and that it’ll be on sale soon. You can order the car now, and it’ll ship at the end of 2021, according to Musk. Some stats quickly popped up on the screen, including greater than 520 […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Elon Musk invents The Toyota Way during shareholder meeting: Battery Day

At a presentation shortly following the shareholder meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about how difficult it is to make cars. Who knew? He acknowledged that it’s important to have suppliers near manufacturing facility. He talked about how having Giga Austin will help deliver cars to the east coast easier because it’s two-thirds of the […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Private beta of Tesla Full Self Driving launching in a month according to Musk: Battery Day

During Tesla‘s Battery Day presentation, CEO Elon Musk talked about how his team did a fundamental rewrite of the Full Self Driving software. By using 3D modeling and advanced neural network tech in the vehicle, the system should be better. Musk is running this alpha release in his personal car. According to Musk, a closed, […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Musk says that company is expecting decent growth during pandemic: Battery Day

At the 2020 shareholder meeting and Battery Day, Elon Musk stated that 2020 was the most challenging year yet for Tesla. Yet, he’s expecting decent year-over-year growth. For 2019, the company experience 50% growth. For 2020, the CEO is expecting 30%-40% growth. All things considered that would be a big win for the premium automaker.

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Stick a fork in it: The auto show is dead

Look, the auto show had a good run. It used to be a place where prospective buyers could go and check out a car without the hassles or pressures of dealership salespeople hovering. It was a chance to get out of the cold in winter and have a fun afternoon. It also was a place […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Tesla offering Enhanced Autopilot to regular Autopilot owners

Do you have a Tesla with regular Autopilot but want some of the features of Full Self Driving without spending the $8,000. Now you can. Enhanced Autopilot is now available for $4,000. What does your 4 grand get you? You get the fantastic Navigate on Autopilot feature with automatic lane changes. That makes highway driving […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Electrify America offering 3 years of free charging for VW ID. 4 owners

Are you eagerly awaiting the new crossover ID. 4 electric from Volkswagen? If you’re in the market to make the purchase, there is another reason why you might pull the trigger. You’ll get three years of unlimited charging on the Electrify America charging network. Electrify America will provide free charging on their DC fast-charging network […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
GM may save Nikola and its founder’s fortunes

With the news that Trevor Milton is out at Nikola, questions are emerging around what General Motors knew and didn’t know when it agreed to an 11% ownership equity stake in Nikola. One thing we do know for certain, even though Milton is out, he’s still the largest shareholder in the company with a 20% […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
When is Tesla battery day 2020? How do you watch the event live?

Tesla‘s long-awaited battery day is coming very, very soon. You’re probably wondering when it is and how to watch it for yourself? If that’s the case, we have all the answers for you. What is Tesla battery day? Battery day is an event following the earnings call for Tesla. This event is expected to have […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Nikola founder Trevor Milton steps down, stock tumbles

Nikola hasn’t been having a good couple of a weeks. After a scathing report from short sellers Hindenburg Research, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began an investigation. Now, the chairman of the company resigned. In an early morning tweet, Milton said “I asked the board of directors to let me step aside from my […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Upcoming Nissan 400Z Nismo might include electrification: Report

One of the issues we pointed out with the Nissan Z Proto when it debuted was there was a lack of any electrification option. For a car that might be around for a decade or more, that seems like an overlooked feature. Apparently, it’s still possible. In an interview with Australia’s Motoring publication, the Chief […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/19/2020
Possible solution to Super Cruise monthly fee? Look back at GPS navigation updates

Learning that Super Cruise isn’t going to remain “free” after 3 years is a bit annoying. If you buy the car and pay extra for the feature, you expect the feature to always work. But that’s not always possible. Presumably, the ongoing $25/month fee for Cadillac Super Cruise use after the 3-year “free trial” is […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/18/2020
Cadillac announces monthly fee for Super Cruise after free trial period

If you have a Cadillac equipped with Super Cruise, you’re actually on a free trial period of the service. After three years, you’ll have to pay a monthly fee in order to keep using the service. That cost? Twenty-five dollars per month. According to our pals at Roadshow, drivers will be able to pay for […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/18/2020
How-to use Apple’s EV routing function in Apple Maps on iOS 14

One new feature of iOS 14 is an updated Maps app. With that app, drivers of EVs will be able to get smart routing based on their EV, charge rate, and distance to destination. If they’ll need to charge to make it, the app will direct them to a charging location. If that sounds a […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/18/2020
How much would a “working class” electric pickup cost?

Our own Bradley Brownell yesterday said that automakers need to embrace the working class with electric vehicles. Today, Ford gave us more details on the electric F-150.   During Ford‘s event, they mentioned how they expect the electric F-150 to be a work truck. Many electric vehicles carry high prices in the United States, and […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/17/2020
Ford teases new, all-electric F-150 during news conference

Ford is investing $700 million in upgrading the Rouge assembly plant in Michigan to accommodate production of the hybrid and BEV F-150. What we don’t know is what the truck will look like. Tesla made waves by making the Cybertruck look … different. Offerings from Rivian and GMC should look like more conventional trucks, but […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/17/2020
Ford reveals production date for all-electric F-150, production at Rouge facility

Ford is announcing that the all-new, fully-electric F-150 will go on sale by mid-2022. It’ll be produced alongside the other F-150s, including the hybrid, at an addition at the Rogue production facility in Michigan. Ford’s Kumar Galhotra is making this announcement alongside other production information. Ford employs more hourly workers in the United States than […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/17/2020
Nissan Z Proto missing something big for a 21st century project

Last night, Z fans around the world waited with baited breath to see the new Nissan Z Proto. After browsing social media this morning, it seems like most people are satisfied with the concept. But it’s missing something. Is it wrong to bring up the lack of any alternative powertrain options on a new sports […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/16/2020
Cadillac requiring dealerships to invest $200,000 in upgrades for EV: Report

In preparation for an onslaught of electric vehicles, including the new Lyriq, dealerships are being asked by Cadillac to invest $200,000 in upgrades in order to sell the products. Based on a report in Automotive News, all 880 Cadillac dealerships in the United States were told on Wednesday that they’d need to invest at least […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/16/2020
Electrify America goes to pricing by the kWh in 23 states and reduces rates

When people first start looking into electric cars, they try to figure out where they’ll charge them when they’re on the go. DC fast charging is growing quickly, but curiously new owners will notice that instead of paying for the electricity used, they pay by the minute. What gives? By the minute fees, combined with […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/16/2020
Apple iOS 14 drops tomorrow with EV route mapping as part of Apple Maps

For those living the Apple lifestyle, there is a big update coming to your iPhone tomorrow. iOS 14 drops with a slew of new features, including updates for getting a better experience out of your car. One of the biggest features touted during the reveal was Apple Maps supporting route planning based on charging. While […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/15/2020
Automakers need their own EV social media superstars

When working on building this very site, there became a need to create a list of people who work with brands and companies that talk about EVs online. For companies like Tesla, that’s easy. You just add Elon Musk to the list. Trevor Milton at Nikola also makes sense. It quickly became apparent that very […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/15/2020
Making autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems safer with night vision

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is becoming more and more standard as cars get newer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety includes performance of AEB in their vehicle testing. The public is starting to look at this tech when they purchase a new vehicle. While many have settled on calling the technology AEB, there isn’t an […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/15/2020
2022 Hyundai Tucson debuts with PHEV option and stunning, concept-like looks

Apparently someone at Hyundai forgot to tell the designers that the final design of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson isn’t supposed to look like a concept car, because the new crossover just debuted and it looks unlike anything that came before it. The new exterior of the 2022 Tucson is the first thing you’ll notice, that […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/14/2020
Electrify America expands home EV charging options with Electrify Home

Electrify America provides charging stations across the United States. Electrify Canada does the same but, but you know, in Canada. Neither of these units provide home-based charging solutions, at least until now. Electrify Home, a new business unit of Electrify America, is here to do just that. Electrify Home will let potential customers purchase one […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/14/2020
Tesla Supercharger network is the company’s key to success

While even the most ardent Tesla haters will admit, the cars have become better and better over the years. While yes, the build quality isn’t consistently solid like it is for more mainstream automakers, Tesla has worked out many of the kinks that plagued the brand early on. But for a company that has experienced […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/14/2020
GMC Hummer EV to be revealed on October 20th

With innovative “Crab Mode” and an all-electric powertrain, the Hummer brand returns on October 20th, when General Motors officially unveils what they call the world’s first “super truck.” Crab Mode is enabled by a four-wheel steering system that allows the Hummer EV to move in diagonal directions, effectively helping it off-road even better. Plus, electric […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/14/2020
Tesla Model X most satisfying premium luxury crossover SUV: Report

Finding data about your next new car can be difficult. Some publications, like this one, review brand new models. Others collect reliability data over time and present it. Yet other poll owners to see how satisfied they are with the product. All of these companies provide valuable insights to automakers, dealerships and you, the potential […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/14/2020
2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid review: Living the plug-in van life

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica is the only minivan on sale right now that is available as a hybrid. That means, one could argue, that it is both best-in-class and worst-in-class. But judging the Pacifica solely based on the competition would be doing it a disservice. It’s a very good utility vehicle with state-of-the-art tech that […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/11/2020
Our performance testing methodology

When it comes to independent testing of the vehicles we review, we take it very seriously. As our site grows and develops, we’ll be adding more to our testing process, but for now let’s talk about how EV Pulse performance tests its vehicles. Time to cover distance One key performance metric that many people look […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/11/2020
Hummer EV Logo appears online via GM employees and confirms “Crab Mode”

We’re still waiting for the official unveiling of the Hummer EV, several employees have taken to social media to share what appears to be the logo for the new lineup. Everyone’s posts state, “Real revolutionaries forge their own direction. #IWorkForGM #GMCHummerEV.” Then, they show the picture. In a follow-up tweet, Marrero says, “What is Crab […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/10/2020
Maserati MC20 should’ve been electric from the start

Maserati‘s new supercar, the MC20, is a stunning looking thing and a modern interpretation of the Italian company’s take on going fast. Built in Italy, it sits as the new halo for the company’s performance. It has 630 hp and will hit 62 mph in under 3 seconds. The engine is made by Maserati, as […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/9/2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden confirms electric Corvette at speech in Michigan

During a live speech in Warren, Michigan, former Vice President and candidate for president Joe Biden seems to confirm an all-electric Corvette is on the way. “I can’t wait to get us,” the Vice President said, “behind the all-electric Corvette that goes 210 miles-per-hour. Y’all think I’m kidding, I mean it.” The comment comes at […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/9/2020
Land Rover Defender picks up PHEV power in Europe

Fans of the new Land Rover Defender in Europe have a few new engine options available to them as the company broadens the lineup. That includes a new diesel power plant and a plug-in hybrid variant. Let’s talk about the PHEV. Available only on the 110 model — that’s the 4-door for us Americans — […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/9/2020
Tesla shares plummet after split: What’s going on?

After the 1-to-5 stock split of shares of Tesla stock (NASDAQ: TSLA), the stock dropped significantly. Does that mean doom-and-gloom for the EV automaker, or is it more of a hiccup? Tesla stock, unlike most other, gets tons of news coverage every time there’s a gain or a loss. Additionally, the stock is volatile and […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/8/2020
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid review: No plug, but absolutely worth mentioning

Here at EV Pulse, we like to cover the latest in battery-electric vehicles, alternative energy, and advanced technology. Featuring a vehicle on this site that doesn’t have a plug might seem like we’re going against our own directive. But the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is such a darn good car that it achieves the objectives […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/8/2020
GM takes ownership stake in Nikola with $2 billion deal

Nikola Motor Company this morning received a huge injection in capital thanks to the folks over at General Motors. In a massive $2 billion equity purchase deal, GM is now 11% owner of the electric and hydrogen company. According to Bloomberg, “GM will make in-kind contributions to take an 11% stake in Nikola and get […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/8/2020
2021 Mini Cooper S E review: The perfect city runabout

When Mini announced the Cooper S E, the fully-electric 2-door Mini Cooper, critics instantly attacked it for the range. With only 110-miles of EPA certified range, that surely wouldn’t be enough for someone to live with every day, especially in the winter. But when you get behind the wheel and drive it, you realize that 110 […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/4/2020
Jeep Wagoneer might be the catalyst to push PHEV adoption

The Jeep Wagoneer isn’t the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle on sale. Heck, it’s not even the first luxury PHEV to go on sale when it does next year. But it might be the first one to grab the attention of a premium buyer who might not have considered a plug-in before. Lincoln did a […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/3/2020
Jeep Wrangler gains PHEV 4XE model for off-roading greener

The Jeep Wrangler currently offers a few different gasoline and diesel-powered engine options. One thing they haven’t offered yet is a hybrid (the 48-volt eTorque doesn’t count). That ends today with the introduction of the Jeep Wrangler 4XE. Powered by a 17kWh electric battery, the Wrangler 4XE is capable of going up to 25 miles […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/3/2020
Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept goes premium inside

Today Jeep pulled the covers off of their Grand Wagoneer Concept. Featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Grand Wagoneer is Jeep’s re-entry into the full-size SUV market. While Jeep says it’s only a concept, we’re expecting many of the great features and premium materials to make it to the final production version next year. Most […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/3/2020
Navistar partners with In-Charge Energy for charging infrastructure and consulting services

In order for electric vehicles to be widely adopted, there needs to be a solid EV infrastructure in place to support the recharging of these vehicles. Some automakers have built vast networks, like Tesla’s Superchargers, to support that. Others have relied on other companies to put in and maintain the equipment. Navistar’s business unit, NEXT […]

by Chad Kirchner
8/26/2020
Lucid Air to get 113 kWh battery pack when it goes on sale next year

The Lucid Air is, at least according to the manufacturer, the first true luxury car designed from the ground up to be an electric vehicle. While surely Elon Musk would disagree, Lucid’s Air seems to tick the luxury boxes while offering the range and storage of an everyday runabout. Today Lucid announced that the Lucid […]

by Chad Kirchner
8/26/2020
Ford and Bosch team up for automated valet parking garage test

Finding a place to park in the city can be a huge pain in the rear. Once you find a garage, you have to find a parking space. If the garage is tiny, navigating the tight corners can be anxiety-inducing. Ford and Bosch are working on finding a solution to that problem. They’re partnering with […]

by Chad Kirchner
8/26/2020
Volvo executive launches electric commercial truck startup

While Elon Musk and Tesla receive much of the press coverage when it comes to electric vehicles, they aren’t the only company out there working in this space. One particular segment that is seeing growth is in commercial vehicles. This segment can benefit the most from electrification as it pertains to the environmental impact. But […]

by Chad Kirchner
8/20/2020