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
Some Ford F-150 Lightning orders are scheduled to be built as early as mid-April

While the world waits with bated breath (probably not) for Tesla Cybertruck production, the other automobile makers who have said they’re going to are moving forward with their plans to actually put a truck on sale. Today’s example is Ford. When Ford announced the F-150 Lighting, the company said it’d be on sale by the […]

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2022 Kia EV6 first drive review: Don’t let me let you go

You are all going to need to bear with me for a second. When Kia first announced its newest electric car, the EV6, it raised the ire of the late 1990s alternative rock group Eve 6. In fact, they launched a Twitter campaign to “pay them.” While it’s all in good fun — at least […]

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2022 Ford E-Transit first drive review: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, now electric

We readily admit that the hubbub around Ford’s electrification plans is focused around the upcoming F-150 Lighting. As the first mass market electric pickup, it’s obvious it’d be getting the attention. But when it comes to mass market electrification, Ford is hitting a different product first. That product? Transit. Part of a larger consolidation of […]

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2022 Polestar 2 single motor first drive review: The Gothenburg Project

If there’s one thing that we learned from Elon Musk and Tesla, it’s that building cars is difficult. So, when a car company that was launched on Oct. 17, 2017 already has two models out on the streets for customers to buy, that’s a pretty incredible feat. What’s more incredible is that the brand’s mainstream […]

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2022 Ford Maverick hybrid first drive review: The best small pickup / small crossover / small car you can buy

When Ford announced the new compact Maverick pickup truck, we thought of it as competition of the awesome new Hyundai Santa Cruz. It was entering a new segment with a truck smaller than it has built since the old compact Ranger left our world in 2011. But then Ford announced the base price and the […]

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2022 Volvo C40 first drive review: Volvo’s continuous improvement of EVs

On paper, the Volvo C40 Recharge appears to be a bit redundant. Between the Polestar 2 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge, it seems another vehicle in that size class with similar performance might be a bit overkill for a smaller manufacturer. However, after spending some time driving around Belgium — where the C40 is built […]

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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 […]

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 first drive review: Navigating the multiverse

One thing you’ll notice if you are out seeing Spider-Man: No Way Home is that Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 is Happy’s car in the movie. The retro-futuristic electric car feels right at home with Tony Stark’s tech, Doctor Strange’s magic, and all of the other craziness that comes with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But Ioniq 5 […]

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Ram Trucks to introduce a Ram 1500 electric with a range extender

At the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, Ram formally introduced its Ram Revolution program to provide fans and real truck users access to the development of the electric Ram pickup truck. Heading this strategy, along with Ram’s overall execution, is Mike Koval Jr. As the CEO of Ram Trucks, it’s up to him to get the […]

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Ram Trucks teases electric pickup, introduces Ram Revolution

Pickup trucks are going all electric, and every major truck maker is working on its solution to the battery-electric conundrum. That includes the Ram Trucks folks in Auburn Hills. We now have our first glimpse of what an electric Ram pickup truck will look like, and the underpinnings that’ll give it power. The Ram 1500 […]

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