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.
Chad Kirchner
Attention Tesla and Elon Musk: This is absolutely unacceptable for a modern car

One of the clever features that makes Tesla ownership unique is the frequency of over-the-air updates designed to add features and make the car better. Unlike other automakers, Tesla updates can change nearly every computer component on the vehicle. Living with a long-term Model 3 Standard Range Plus, you get used to some of the […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/28/2020
Musk says he might be able to allow Teslas without the pedestrian warning speaker to upgrade

With software update 2020.48.26, the Boombox app makes it possible for people with the pedestrian warning speaker on their car to use that speaker to make different nosies. Driving around, or using Smart Summon, the driver can have it play its own sound or one predetermined one. Additionally, the driver can set the external speaker […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/27/2020
Tesla software update 2020.48.26 brings Fart Mode outside

People are just starting to get the update to their Tesla models, bringing the software up to 2020.48.26. This is a fairly substantial update, with interface improvements. But the newsmaker here is you can now control what the external pedestrian speaker does. Fart Mode outside When the vehicle is in park, you can now tell […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/25/2020
Tesla Cybertruck pricing information

It’s no denying that Tesla makes vehicles that people get excited for. The electric carmaker has drawn big crowds to launch events, drawn big money for reservations, and made big evangelists of out buyers. Perhaps the most hotly-anticipated car coming from Tesla soon isn’t even a car at all. It’s a truck. This Tesla pickup […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/25/2020
Tesla Model 3 cold weather range test: Christmas 2020

It’s pretty common knowledge that when the weather gets colder, electric vehicles aren’t as efficient. That’s true, to some extent, for gasoline-powered vehicles, too. Running the heater saps power, so more power is needed to do things. On our long-term Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, the range reduction is more serious. Our Model 3 […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/25/2020
2021 Jeep Renegade 4xe photo gallery

Here in the United States, the first of the 4xe vehicles we get from Jeep is the Wrangler. In Europe, that’s a different story. They get a plug-in version of the small Jeep Renegade. Called the Renegade 4xe, obviously, it’s designed for Jeep fans who also need to run on pure electricity. This is especially […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/25/2020
How-to find detailed Tesla Supercharger location information

It’s easy to see why folks are attracted to Tesla. The Supercharging network is one of the best things about Tesla ownership, and Tesla makes it easy to find stations when you’re out on the road, thanks to the built-in trip planner. While the built-in system in the car is the best way to see […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/24/2020
2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe cheapest way to get the Rubicon

Now that we know pricing on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon 4xe models, we got around to thinking. Because this new vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, and there are often incentives around that type of vehicle, could the 4xe be the way to go for the value shopper? We decided to take a […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/23/2020
Jeep prices Launch Edition Wrangler 4xe models

Now that the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is in production, it’s time for the folks at FCA to let us all know how much it’ll cost. The electrified Jeep Wrangler is a first of its kind, and features plug-in hybrid technology. For the Sahara model, buyers can expect to pay $49,490 with destination, and the off-road […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/23/2020
Magna and LG Electronics announce joint venture for electric vehicle component production

Magna and LG Electronics announced that they’ll be forming a join venture to manufacture components for electric vehicles. The goal is to support the growth of the electric vehicle industry and the increased demand for components worldwide. Called LG Magna e-Powertrain, the combined venture is expected to add 1,000 new jobs at its locations in […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/23/2020