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
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale has high-performance PHEV DNA and Italian style

Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame made a statement that you can’t be a true petrolhead unless you’ve owned an Alfa Romeo. That storied European brand hasn’t had much success in the United States, and currently has two cars in its U.S. lineup. Those two cars are the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio crossover. That […]

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Using your F-150 Lightning as a generator won’t affect the battery warranty

When Ford announced its 2022 F-150 Lightning, the company hyped up that it supported something called Intelligent Backup Power. Basically, when the power goes out, the truck functions as a generator to power the house. While it some parts of the country, the power seldom goes out, other areas are subject to frequent outages. That […]

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More businesses should invest in level 2 charging, but leave DCFC to companies like Electrify America and Tesla who own their own equipment for the time being

Capitalism is great. Well, sometimes. When it comes to the rollout of EV charging infrastructure it can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Level 2 J-1772 charging is perfect for many businesses who want to offer a competitive advantage but they need to leave the DCFC to some of the big dogs — at […]

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EV 101: Can the Ford F-150 Lightning use a Tesla Supercharger charging station?

You might be considering ordering the hot new electric-powered pickup truck from Ford. It’s the first real, mass produced, non-premium electric pickup truck on sale in the United States, and they’ll soon be everywhere. When you get you, you might be thinking about where you’ll charge it. You might have even noticed when driving around […]

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Musk: “Tesla ‘FSD’ price rising to $12k on Jan. 17”

Tesla’s “Full Self Driving” software suite is controversial at best. It’s a Level 2 ADAS system that promised to be fully autonomous in the future, based on the hardware currently in the car. While paying a few grand for the promise of something in the future, the price continued to rise for the software. Keep […]

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Ford attempting to crack down on dealership shenanigans regarding the F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lighting is going to be an incredibly popular vehicle when it comes out later this spring. Dealerships know that, and some are doing less than savory things to try to drive up their revenue. One of the things some places has attempted is by adding an additional reservation fee on top of […]

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CES 2022 confirms EVs are coming whether you like it or not

EVs are coming, whether you like it or not. If you’re reading this site, you presumably already know that, but this latest CES in Las Vegas — and virtually — pretty much confirms our electron future of transportation. GM took the opportunity to show off an electric Silverado. When you add that to the electric […]

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We live in a post-build quality era, for better or for worse

Over the weekend, Tesla released its holiday update for 2021. Among the many changes to the interface came so fun new games and the light show functionality to Model 3 and Model Y models. If case you haven’t witnessed the light show for yourself, this video shows you everything you need to know. Tesla’s aren’t […]

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Tesla’s Light Show function supports the matrix headlights on the newest Tesla models

The Europeans have all the fun when it comes to headlight technology. Matrix headlights make it safer to drive at night by being able to block out just part of the high beam to prevent blinding oncoming traffic. Premium luxury cars in the United States have this technology, but it’s not enabled yet thanks to […]

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2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo first drive review: The definition of a one-car solution

I wanted to go into my first drive of the 2022 Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo as objective as possible. It’s easy to say that a Porsche is brilliant and call it a day. But it’s different this time, because the Taycan Sport Turismo has to be both a good Porsche and a good EV. […]

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