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
Rivian acquires new sales and marketing vice president to help launch brand

Rivian is getting closer and closer to selling its first electric SUV and electric pickup truck, and the company is going to need the right person to make that happen. So they picked up one of the best in the business, Laura Schwab. According to Automotive News, Schwab started today as the vice president of […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/2/2020
Hyundai’s new E-GMP platform to lead way for future electric vehicle innovation

Hyundai isn’t a stranger to electrification, but up until this point the company hasn’t had a dedicated EV platform. With the introduction of E-GMP, that has changed. E-GMP, or the Electric-Global Modular Platform, is a dedicated platform that’ll form the basis of a whole lineup of BEV vehicles from the entire Hyundai group. Upcoming vehicles […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/2/2020
Musk open to merger talks: Report

During Tesla‘s early days, it made sense to consider the idea of merging with a more successful car company. The learnings of the larger automaker could be transformed into a successful manufacturing process for electric vehicles. Of course, that didn’t happen. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a “go it alone” type of leader, and it’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/1/2020
Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition: Ford’s answer to Tesla’s Model Y Performance

Looking through the specs of the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E, some of the numbers just don’t match up to what Tesla is capable of doing with the Model Y Performance. Simply put, more power is needed. Now, Ford is delivering the answer with more power. But the Mach-E GT Performance Edition is more than that, […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/1/2020
Which electric pickup truck will be canceled next?

When it was expected General Motors was going to take an ownership stake in Nikola, it added credibility. Surely with GM on board, the company would do well and the Badger would hit the streets. That’s not, unfortunately, what happened. Through a series of calamities surrounding the former CEO, confidence in the company dwindled. GM […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/30/2020
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