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
Suono Puro: Pininfarina’s sound of sustainable luxury with the Battista

What should a car sound like? Prior to the adoption of electric vehicles, cars sounded like their motors. Maybe there was a tuned exhaust? Maybe they had a backfire brap when the driver downshifted? Either way, cars typically sound like combustion. There’s no combustion in electric vehicles, at least not on purpose, and there’s a […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/12/2022
Lincoln full electric concept is debuting later this month

On April 20 of this month, Lincoln is going to show the world what it’s been working on in terms of electrification. A fully-electric concept will be born into this world showing the brand’s direction toward the future. Obviously the concept is a crossover, based on the teasers that debuted on Lincoln’s social media channels […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/11/2022
Jeep Wrangler Magneto 2.0 heads up Easter Jeep Safari electrified lineup

This year’s Easter Jeep Safari is almost here. As it often does, Jeep assembled a few concepts to take along wheeling in Moab. Of the 7 total concepts debuting this year, 4 of them are electrified. Magneto 2.0 Let’s start with the all-electric Magneto 2.0. Last year we saw the concept Magneto 1.0 debut, but […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/8/2022
Do I need a level 2 charger at home for my GMC Hummer EV?

Yes. There’s no lengthy introduction here, or beating around the proverbial bush. You need a level 2 home charger if you have a GMC Hummer EV or plan on getting one. The 2022 GMC Hummer EV marks the return of the Hummer nameplate, and we’re quite fond of the new truck. There’s even an SUV […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/7/2022
2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 first drive review: Return of the king

According to our friends over at J.D. Power, the most hesitant group of vehicle buyers to electric vehicles is pickup truck owners. So how do you start to try tow in over those customers as your company moves to all electric models? If you’re General Motors — more specifically GMC — you revive an old […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/7/2022
Should you get a Level 2 charger for your Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid?

The updated Jeep Grand Cherokee promises to be one of the best Grand Cherokees to come from the storied brand. New for this generation is the addition of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is mated to an electric motor and a lithium ion battery to deliver better acceleration than a 5.7-liter […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/31/2022
Don’t lose focus: Home charging still matters WAY more than fast charging for EV owners

DC fast charging needs to improve. There’s enough articles on the internet and enough experiences from people who drive EVs to know that it needs to be better. But we also shouldn’t lose sight of the forest for the trees. Electrify America is working on improving its charging experience. That is all well and good, […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/23/2022
How-to use Apple’s EV routing function in Apple Maps on iOS 14 and newer

One new feature of iOS 14 is an updated Maps app. With that app, drivers of EVs will be able to get smart routing based on their EV, charge rate, and distance to destination. If they’ll need to charge to make it, the app will direct them to a charging location. If that sounds a […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/17/2022
Kanye West — Ye — featured prominently on refreshed Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring test mule

So here’s a weird one. Our team of spy photographers caught the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring — that’s PHEV in Lincoln speak — out testing around the streets of Michigan. While we’re expecting a bit more of a range, and a nip and tuck of the front and rear, what’s interesting about this prototype is […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/17/2022
Here’s why my go to recommendation is no longer Tesla

Prior to today, Tuesday Mar. 15, 2022, my go to recommendation for a new electric vehicle had a Tesla badge on the hood. Why? Because normal people who don’t know much about electric cars have the easiest time transitioning when the car they are driving is a Tesla. The Supercharger network is reliable, and Tesla’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/15/2022