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
Audi competing in Dakar Rally with range-extended electric vehicle

Marking a return to international rally competition, Audi is entering the 2022 Dakar Rally with a new prototype. This prototype is powered by an electric drive train, with a range extender, and will be the “spearhead of the factory motor sport commitment in the future.” We like the sound of all of that. The prototype […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/30/2020
Nikola Badger pickup truck dead, GM not taking equity stake in Nikola, Class 7 and 8 partnership to continue

For those wondering if there’d be any fallout from the craziness at Nikola, there is. The Nikola Badger electric pickup truck is dead. GM is no longer seeking an equity stake in the company. Nikola with still use GM’s fuel cell technology in its Class 7 and Class 8 trucks. Today Nikola signed a Memorandum […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/30/2020
Would you buy a small Tesla hatchback?

During Tesla’s Battery Day this fall, CEO Elon Musk said that he believes the company will work on a $25,000 Tesla model once the battery tech becomes cheap enough to do so. Recently, Musk added that a small hatchback is likely in the works. While it’d be a European model to start, there’s always a […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/29/2020
How will the Tesla Semi actually get 621 miles per charge?

Recently, Elon Musk mentioned that the Tesla Semi, a class 8 commercial truck, will get 621 miles of range per charge. How exactly will that be possible? Musk claims new battery technology will be what makes it happen, and while I agree that new battery technology is going to make this goal more attainable, it’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/27/2020
Which budget-friendly European EVs go the distance on a single charge?

Our European friends have a ton — or tonne — more EVs to choose from. Thanks to a growing infrastructure and government incentives, there are EVs from all of the big players. Additionally, many of them are budget-minded cars and not just a straight premium offering. Maybe you’re shopping this fall for an EV in […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/27/2020
How we’d spec it: 2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup

Now that you can build and price your own Rivian R1S and R1T, we thought we’d come up with some of our dream configurations to share with you folks. For the R1T, we believe that it’s a truck that’s going to be well suited for getting away from it all. That’s why the Adventure Package […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/25/2020
Rivian R1T and R1S configurators are now online

Whether you’re anxiously awaiting a new Rivian, or if you’re just looking to cure some boredom at the office, we have some good news. The configurator for the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck and the R1S electric SUV is now online. The R1T configurator lets you choose between a bunch of different colors, wheels and […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/25/2020
Tesla recalling Model X over improperly applied adhesive for cosmetic trim

Tesla is recalling 9,136 potentially affected Model X vehicles due to a production issue where adhesive wasn’t properly primed before applied to trim near the doors of the vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “[t]he Model X is equipped with a cosmetic appliqué at the front of the roof just behind the […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/25/2020
EV 101: Can a Tesla use an Electrify America fast charging station?

If you own a Tesla, you have the luxury of being able to rapidly top off your car at any Supercharger location. The Supercharger network is one of the main reasons why Teslas are so popular. But if you’re in an area that doesn’t have a Supercharger, you might need to charge elsewhere. Electrify America’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/25/2020
Electrify America’s Plug&Charge tech strikes at the heart of Tesla’s Supercharger simplicity

Using a Tesla Supercharger is a seamless process. Simply connect the car to the charging cable, and as long as there is a credit card associated with the owner’s Tesla account, the car will start charging and the card will be billed appropriately. Up until now, Tesla was the only one who could provide that […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/24/2020