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
You can now reserve the Nissan Airya online starting at $47,125 with 300 miles of range

(Editor’s note: The pricing in this article reflects the online reservable models of Nissan Ariya — Venture+, Evolve+, Premiere, Platinum+ — and not every trim level that will ultimately be available. Five additional models will be available closer to the on-sale date, with a starting price around $40,000 plus destination.) Despite delays, the launch of […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/16/2021
Watch: Charge Across America EV rally is underway right now

Charge Across America is a cross-country EV rally where 5 teams are competing for glory—- and a $10,000 prize — while helping promote the usability of modern EVs, while also highlighting areas that need improved. The rally is currently still going on, and a full documentary of the experience will air on network television. We […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/7/2021
Tesla selling branded J1772 wall charger so your non-Tesla EV can be “Powered by Tesla”

Like any premium-focused brand, Tesla offers a variety of accessories with the Tesla logo on it. While mostly apparel, Tesla has also offered a Tesla-branded wall charger. The advantage to that charger was that it had a Tesla connector on it, meaning you didn’t need the adapter to make it work. Now Tesla is offering, […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/4/2021
Watch: We go hands on — we mean hands off — with Ford’s BlueCruise in the Mustang Mach-E GT

We’ve tested the new Ford Mustang Mach-E GT in the cliffs around San Francisco for our first drive review. We’ve taken a Mach-E GT Performance Edition to the drag strip to test its performance. But there’s one other feature that’s relatively new from Ford that we haven’t tested yet: BlueCruise. Ford’s BlueCruise technology is a […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/1/2021
2022 Mazda MX-30 first drive review: The ‘Zoom Zoom’ of EVs, with one big caveat

During the presentation before driving the 2022 Mazda MX-30 near the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California, we were told that the MX-30 is a proper Mazda. We were told to expect driving dynamics similar to the company’s other models — possibly even Miata — with this front-drive EV. And while it’s definitely not as fun […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/1/2021
Toyota announces production bZ4X BEV in Japan, shows off steering yoke

Toyota’s first bZ vehicle is getting closer to production, and now we have more details on what to expect as it rolls out in Japan, and then for other markets. This beyond Zero lineup starts with the 4X. The bZ4X here is the first of seven bZ models to be introduced by 2025, and chases […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/29/2021
Mitsubishi reveals updated Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid

When Mitsubishi updated its Outlander, it was obvious that an updated PHEV plug-in would be on the way. Especially considering how strong of a seller it is for the brand. That updated version has now officially debuted, and will be heading to North American in the second half of 2022. “With low CO2 emissions and […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/27/2021
GM working with dealerships to roll out 40,000 community-based chargers

The folks at General Motors are working to roll out some more EV charging stations around the country, and the focus this time is on level 2 EVSEs. While those don’t make sense for road trips, a solid level 2 infrastructure within a community can satisfy most charging needs. The key is knowing where to […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/26/2021
Hertz commits to purchasing 100,000 Tesla Model 3 EVs, build out EV infrastructure

What used to be a sign of an unhealthy automaker is now potentially a good sign of growth because Hertz has said they have purchased 100,000 electric vehicles from Tesla. Bloomberg is reporting that the purchase will total $4.2 billion for Tesla and be the largest EV purchase in history. Renters will have access to […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/25/2021
Watch: We take a Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition to the drag strip and track battery performance

Recently, we had a chance to take a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition to the drag strip and go all out to see how the performance electric from Ford held up over repeated runs. National Trails Raceway in Hebron, Ohio was our test site for the event, and even though it was an […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/19/2021