Chad Kirchner

Chad is the VP of Content for EV Pulse, and other Wrecked Media Group properties. 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.
Chad Kirchner
Magna’s new Icon Radar technology dreams in digital

Just a few years ago, having advanced driver safety technology was a luxury for the wealthy. Today, even a base Toyota Yaris comes with life saving technology based on cameras and radars. But what about those radars? How is that technology evolving? Magna developed a new type of radar that is digital instead of analog. […]

by Chad Kirchner
7/27/2021
Ford builds Mustang Mach-E to honor Women Airforce Service Pilots

One thing the Ford Mustang has been good at in its many years of production is being the basis for one-off special editions. Because the Mach-E is a Mustang, it makes sense to start seeing those concepts appear on the all-electric Mustang. What you’re looking at here is the first one of those types of […]

by Chad Kirchner
7/27/2021
Spied: Updated Jeep Compass Hybrid spied in Detroit

The updated Jeep Compass is a significant improvement, especially in the interior, over the outgoing model. As the brand attempts to move all of its products upmarket in feel and attention to detail, new powertrains are also on the way. While we expect an eventual 4xe plug-in hybrid version of the Compass at some point, […]

by Chad Kirchner
7/23/2021
See the 2022 BMW iX and i4 electric vehicle lineup up close inside and out

As the company moves more toward electrification, BMW is advancing its dedicated electric vehicle offerings. The 2022 BMW i4 sedan and the iX crossover represent the future of the German company, not only in technology but in design language. We recently had a chance to check out the two new cars and show off what […]

by Chad Kirchner
7/16/2021
Spied: 2023 Audi Q6 e-tron testing in Ingolstadt

Audi is working on a slew of electric vehicles of all shapes and sizes as the company movestowards an all electric fleet. In addition to the Q4 and e-tron GT, the brand is putting effort into a Q6 e-tron. The Q6 sits between the Q4 and the full-sized e-tron flagship vehicle. It’s the electric sister […]

by Chad Kirchner
7/12/2021
Spied: Ford caught testing upcoming Bronco PHEV or hybrid

Now that the Ford Bronco is on its way to dealerships, Ford has a new problem. In order to stay competitive with the crosstown rival — Jeep — the company will need to move on new powertrains. Jeep has the absolutely excellent Wrangler 4xe, so it’d make sense Ford is working on a hybrid. As […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/29/2021
NHTSA orders automakers to report crash data involving advanced driver assistance features

Up until now, the United States government hasn’t appeared to be too proactive when it comes to investigating crashes of vehicles with advanced driver assist systems. That officially changed with a new order from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The government agency is requiring automakers to submit detailed crash reports to the company, upon […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/29/2021
Road tripping a Nissan Leaf Plus: Efficiency, range per charge, and recommended range per day

We in the United States are unique in that we often buy for the “what if” in life and not the everyday use. Sure, you could rent a pickup truck the twice a year you need to move your RV, but what’s the fun in that? The same applies for EV purchasing. Most people drive […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/28/2021
We might have an early indication of Nissan Ariya’s real-world range, maybe, or maybe not

The upcoming Nissan Ariya is the company’s first foray into an electric crossover utility vehicle. Even though it is delayed now until next year in the United States, it doesn’t stop testing of the new product here stateside. A Twitter user was recently charging their Mustang Mach-E at an Electrify America station in Greenwood Village, […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/21/2021
Engineering Explained’s Jason Fenske explains why zero should mean zero in 0 to 60 mph testing

Yesterday, MotorTrend published the results of their test of the acceleration and braking performance of the new Tesla Model S Plaid, which is the quickest accelerating vehicle to 60 mph that they ever tested. Full stop. The sucker is quick. The magazine also tested the car under a variety of situations, many stipulated by Tesla, […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/18/2021