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
Mini Pacesetter is an electrified JCW GP that’ll play Safety Car in the Formula E World Championship series

We’re pretty big fans of the Mini Cooper S E electric here, but it’s safe to say that it isn’t “motor sports ready.” So Mini took inspiration from John Cooper Works and applied it to a new concept that’ll function as a Safety Car in the Formula E series. Called the Pacesetter, the electric Mini […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/29/2021
Volkswagen’s U.S. operations to get a new name: Report [Updated]

As Volkswagen is heading toward even more EV in its fleet, it’s apparently changing the name of its U.S. operations division as well, according to a report. That name? Voltswagen. According to CNBC, Volkswagen intends on changing its name to Voltswagen in the United States. This naming would apply to all of the company’s EV […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/29/2021
Rivian CEO testing Yakima and Rivian branded accessories for the R1T

When preparing to sell an outdoor focused vehicle, it’s important to have factory accessories available. While many will head straight to the aftermarket, there’s value in offering a full setup right from the manufacturer. The outdoor accessory maker Yakima seems to understand that more than others, and its accessories are offered by the manufacturer from […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/28/2021
Jeep’s 4xe charging network powered by Electrify America

We’ve known for awhile that Jeep would focus on putting EV chargers at trailheads and popular outdoor spots around the country to support the Wrangler 4xe and future electrified models. We now know that it’ll be done through a partnership with Electrify America. Level 2 charging stations will start appearing at Jeep Badge of Honor […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/26/2021
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe economy numbers released

There was a time in the not-too-distant past where you could only purchase a Jeep Wrangler with one engine option. Today, that’s a very different story. One of these new engine options is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder attached to a battery-electric hybrid system. That should be both an efficient and fun off-road tool that you […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/22/2021
Good News! The Dacia Spring EV gets pricing in Germany

While the United States still doesn’t have what we’d consider a mass-market, affordable EV, our friends in Europe are being inundated with new affordable options. One of those options is the Dacia Spring. We now know how much it’ll cost in Germany. Carscoops has all the details. Pricing starts at €10,920 after government grants. That’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/22/2021
Jeep Magneto EV Wrangler electrifying Moab for Easter Jeep Safari

Every year, Jeep builds some crazy concepts to take out to Utah for the annual Easter Jeep Safari. Some of these concepts are wild, never-make-it-to-production one-offs, while others give us an indication on where the brand is heading in the future. This year, one of the concepts is called the Magneto. It’s an all-electric Jeep […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/22/2021
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

Update: Rivian announced EPA-rated range for the R1S (316 miles) and the R1T (314 miles) Launch Edition models. To see the updated efficiency information, check it out here. 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 […]

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