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
Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” City Streets function will continue to be a SAE Level 2 driver assistance program

To equip your Tesla with “Full Self Driving,” you must spend $10,000 to enable the functionality. But the functionality isn’t there yet. You might be thinking, “There’s a ‘FSD’ beta out there right now for city streets. Surely that’s basically what Waymo is doing?” Wrong. PlainSite obtained documents between Tesla’s legal department and California’s DMV […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/7/2021
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 performance metrics tested

Recently, we had a chance to spend a day in the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover. It’s not the brand’s first fully electric vehicle in the United States, but it is the first attempt at a 50 state, mass adopted product. Our test unit was a rear-wheel drive 1st Edition product. That means it makes […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/5/2021
Hello, Mercedes: Spy shots of the Mercedes-Benz EQS and EQ crossover Stateside up close and personal

Soon Mercedes-Benz EQ models will be going on sale in the United States, so the company will likely have to validate and test those vehicles using U.S. roads and utilizing U.S. charging infrastructure. Here we have some shots of Mercedes-Benz doing just that with what appears to be the EQS sedan and the EQ crossover. […]

by Chad Kirchner
2/26/2021
Electrify America explains why charge rates can vary, especially in colder weather

Winter can be hard on a vehicle. When it comes to overall range, both gasoline and electric vehicles suffer from the changes, but it appears that electric vehicles suffer more. There’s some reasoning to why, and why the recharge rate can also vary as the thermometer drops. Electrify America’s director of Charging Infrastructure Planning and […]

by Chad Kirchner
2/26/2021
Aston Martin DBX to receive a PHEV variant with up to 800 horsepower: Report

The Aston Martin DBX, the brand’s first crossover, will also be one of the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicles. It’s all part of the brand’s plans to have a 90% electrified lineup by 2030. Aston Martin boss, Tobias Moers, spoke during an investment call about the company’s future. Since Mercedes-Benz has 20% ownership stake in […]

by Chad Kirchner
2/26/2021
Electrified Ford Ranger pickup likely in Europe, though final form is still unclear

Earlier today, CarExpert in Australia stated that a plug-in hybrid Ford Ranger was coming to Europe, and speculated on whether or not that truck would then find its way to Australia. A new Ranger is coming, for sure, and it’ll likely be a global product, but it’s unclear if the electrified Ford Ranger will exist […]

by Chad Kirchner
2/22/2021
Watch the reveal of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 right here

The official reveal of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is nearly here, and while we’ve prepared you for what to expect thanks to the various leaks leading up to the reveal, you probably want to watch the reveal yourself. You can do so right here, on this very page, when the reveal happens. Because it’s a […]

by Chad Kirchner
2/22/2021
Ford reveals its plans to go all-electric on passenger cars by 2030 in Europe

As we get closer and closer to the year 2030, more automakers announce that they’ll be electric by in Europe by then. Today’s addition? Ford. By 2030, the Blue Oval will be selling only electric passenger cars in Europe. Ford laid out its plans for both its passenger cars and commercial vehicles today across the […]

by Chad Kirchner
2/17/2021
McLaren introduces company’s first High-Performance Hybrid: The Artura

There’s a new supercar from McLaren about to hit the streets, and it’s powered by a turbocharged V6 hybrid. It’s the Artura, and it gives us a look at the future of McLaren. McLaren sports cars need to be quick, and this one will be with its 577 bhp turbo V6 and its 431 lb-ft […]

by Chad Kirchner
2/16/2021
Chevrolet introduces 2022 Bolt EUV crossover and updated 2022 Bolt EV hatchback

Debuting with Disney for Valentine’s Day, an updated Bolt EV hatchback and all new Bolt EUV crossover from Chevrolet is now ready to hit the street. Here’s what we know about the latest electrics from General Motors. “We want to put everyone in an EV and the new Bolt EUV and redesigned Bolt EV are crucial […]

by Chad Kirchner
2/14/2021