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
Rivian’s new charging network includes proprietary and open chargers: What to expect

Recently, Rivian announced that it was going to be building out a charging network to coincide with the launch of its R1T pickup and R1S sport utility EV. There are two types of chargers; the Rivian Adventure Network and the Rivian Waypoints. The Rivian Waypoints are a series of SAE J-1772 level 2 chargers that […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/19/2021
Did Rivian just reveal the efficiency of the R1T and R1S electric vehicles? Maybe

Rivian just announced its Rivian Adventure Network, which is a series of DC fast chargers located throughout the country. Additionally, the company also showed off its Rivian Waypoint and home charging solution. We’ll have more on that later. But while we were looking through, we couldn’t help but notice that it appears Rivian has told […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/18/2021
It’s time for the government to come down on Tesla and “Full Self Driving” before more people die

It’s time for some government intervention. Before I get accused of a being a bleeding heart liberal who wants government control of everything, I think there’s a time and place for government, but it also doesn’t need to be all up in my business all the time. One of the places where I think regulation […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/18/2021
Gas-only vehicles sold by Aston Martin after 2030 will be for track use only

The European carmakers are heading toward an electric future, which is more and more looking like 2030, and Aston Martin is getting prepared. But it won’t be completely electric by that milestone, but rather the gasoline-only cars sold after that point will be restricted to track use only. Automotive News Europe is reporting that Aston expects […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/16/2021
Volkswagen’s ID.4 cross-country road trip is underway and here’s what happened on Day 1

Last week, we told you that the folks at Volkswagen were going to take the new ID.4 crossover battery electric vehicle on a cross-country road trip. There’s nothing more American than the road trip, so it’d made sense for VW to take its electric family hauler on one to prove that it is capable. Here’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/15/2021
Rivian introducing Rivian Guides program to provide one-on-one support through entire ownership

When Tesla introduced its buying method to the public, it was hailed as a stress-free alternative to traditional dealership sales. While there is a Tesla sales representative that can help you through the process, most of the support and after sales hand holding is done through ownership clubs and support communities. Rivian understands that buyers, […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/12/2021
Real-world DCFC charging speeds tested for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen‘s new ID.4 electric crossover is the brand’s first attempt at a long-range, everyday car replacement here in the United States. With the first models having around 250 miles of range, that’s more than enough to cover the day-to-day grind. But if you want to go on a road trip, you’re going to need to […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/11/2021
Magna helping to electrify pickup trucks with the biggest update to beam axles in a century

Building an electric pickup truck is going to require some hurdles to overcome. One of those important hurdles is making sure that the truck doesn’t lose any the of the towing or hauling capability of the ICE-powered cousins. Magna has a solution. Called eBeam Technology, the company says it’s a “game changer” for electrification. It’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/11/2021
Tesla shuffles pricing of various models

Overnight, Tesla adjusted pricing on some of its models. The price adjustments vary from as little as $500 to as much as $10,000. Here’s what we know. The Model Y Long Range is now starting at $49,990 before destination, which represents a $1,000 increase. The Model 3 Standard Range Plus is up $500 to $37,490 before […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/11/2021
Volkswagen taking new ID.4 on a road trip across the country

Road trips are a staple in the American experience. While most people don’t drive that far daily, or even on the weekends, being able to hop in a car and drive across the country is what many of us long to do. The problem is, in an EV, is can it be done? Is the […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/11/2021