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
For Science: Fuel consumption of the 7.2 kW Pro Power Onboard generator in the 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid

An onboard generator on a pickup truck seems like an obvious feature. Until the release of the 2021 Ford F-150, however, such a feature didn’t exist. Touted as one of the main reasons to go with a Ford over the competition, the Pro Power Onboard generator can serve a variety of uses. Some folks will […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/4/2021
Nissan Ariya officially delayed

If you were hoping to get a Nissan Ariya later this year, you’ll have to be waiting a little bit longer. Nissan has confirmed that the Ariya is going to be delayed in the United States until next year. Special edition orders began in Japan overnight for the launch in Nissan’s home country, but semiconductor […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/4/2021
Every new pickup truck debut now should have an BEV option

A paradigm shift recently occurred. EVs went from interesting talking points in the United States to genuinely considered products when Ford revealed the all-new F-150 Lightning electric pickup. In the future, we’ll look back on this time as Before Lightning and After Lightning. Any pickup truck reveal occurring After Lightning will have to have a […]

by Chad Kirchner
6/1/2021
Tesla officially supports driver monitoring through cabin camera with update 2021.4.15.11

For awhile a cabin camera came installed inside Tesla Model 3 and Model Y models, and it was never quite understood if it was on and what was happening to the data. Now it appears that Tesla has officially turned on the camera to monitor the driver while Autopilot is active. Someone on Twitter just […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/27/2021
EVs and towing: It’s not the range, it’s where to charge with a trailer

With the Ford F-150 Lightning and Lightning Pro being announced, people are asking how far they’ll be able to tow with one of these electric trucks. While yes, that is an important question — which I plan on addressing — it’s not as important as the question people should be asking. That question? Where do […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/25/2021
Should you get a Level 2 charger for your Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid?

If you’re in the market for a new Jeep Wrangler, you probably have seen the all-new 4xe version of the Sahara and Rubicon. The plug-in hybrid Jeeps represent a paradigm shift for off-roading, and based on our first drive impressions, it’s an excellent bit of kit. In order to take advantage of driving on pure […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/24/2021
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro is the new work truck hotness

When Ford revealed the upcoming 2022 F-150 Lightning, the company didn’t mention what the base version of the truck would be called. The only thing that was clear was that it wouldn’t be called XL. Often gobbled up by commercial buyers, there clearly has to be an F-150 Lightning for them. We now have the […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/24/2021
Small business owners should consider the F-150 Lightning Pro extended-range for their business

Remember when the whole of Texas’s electrical grid took a colossal dump and Ted Cruz went to Cancun? During that time, Ford pickups with the 7.2 kW Pro Power Onboard generators were called into action to help keep people from freezing to death. Power outages can be a pain, but for some they can be […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/24/2021
Ford reveals the F-150 Lightning, the company’s EV pickup truck and industry mic drop

Up until today, there hasn’t been much movement in the afford EV pickup truck space. Products like the Rivian R1T that ships later this year is a premium product for a premium customer. But what if you’re an everyday person who wants a truck to do truck things but runs on electricity? Meet the F-150 […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/19/2021
Ford’s F-150 Lightning is the most significant product reveal so far this year

There are a ton of new electric vehicles in the pipeline. Even if the United States is slower to adopt electrification than the rest of the world, the benefits of going electric are becoming clearer and clearer to more people. But up until now, most of what we’ve seen have been smaller segment products. Yes, […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/16/2021