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
Elon Musk invents The Toyota Way during shareholder meeting: Battery Day

At a presentation shortly following the shareholder meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about how difficult it is to make cars. Who knew? He acknowledged that it’s important to have suppliers near manufacturing facility. He talked about how having Giga Austin will help deliver cars to the east coast easier because it’s two-thirds of the […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Private beta of Tesla Full Self Driving launching in a month according to Musk: Battery Day

During Tesla‘s Battery Day presentation, CEO Elon Musk talked about how his team did a fundamental rewrite of the Full Self Driving software. By using 3D modeling and advanced neural network tech in the vehicle, the system should be better. Musk is running this alpha release in his personal car. According to Musk, a closed, […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Musk says that company is expecting decent growth during pandemic: Battery Day

At the 2020 shareholder meeting and Battery Day, Elon Musk stated that 2020 was the most challenging year yet for Tesla. Yet, he’s expecting decent year-over-year growth. For 2019, the company experience 50% growth. For 2020, the CEO is expecting 30%-40% growth. All things considered that would be a big win for the premium automaker.

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Stick a fork in it: The auto show is dead

Look, the auto show had a good run. It used to be a place where prospective buyers could go and check out a car without the hassles or pressures of dealership salespeople hovering. It was a chance to get out of the cold in winter and have a fun afternoon. It also was a place […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Tesla offering Enhanced Autopilot to regular Autopilot owners

Do you have a Tesla with regular Autopilot but want some of the features of Full Self Driving without spending the $8,000. Now you can. Enhanced Autopilot is now available for $4,000. What does your 4 grand get you? You get the fantastic Navigate on Autopilot feature with automatic lane changes. That makes highway driving […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Electrify America offering 3 years of free charging for VW ID. 4 owners

Are you eagerly awaiting the new crossover ID. 4 electric from Volkswagen? If you’re in the market to make the purchase, there is another reason why you might pull the trigger. You’ll get three years of unlimited charging on the Electrify America charging network. Electrify America will provide free charging on their DC fast-charging network […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
GM may save Nikola and its founder’s fortunes

With the news that Trevor Milton is out at Nikola, questions are emerging around what General Motors knew and didn’t know when it agreed to an 11% ownership equity stake in Nikola. One thing we do know for certain, even though Milton is out, he’s still the largest shareholder in the company with a 20% […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
When is Tesla battery day 2020? How do you watch the event live?

Tesla‘s long-awaited battery day is coming very, very soon. You’re probably wondering when it is and how to watch it for yourself? If that’s the case, we have all the answers for you. What is Tesla battery day? Battery day is an event following the earnings call for Tesla. This event is expected to have […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Nikola founder Trevor Milton steps down, stock tumbles

Nikola hasn’t been having a good couple of a weeks. After a scathing report from short sellers Hindenburg Research, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began an investigation. Now, the chairman of the company resigned. In an early morning tweet, Milton said “I asked the board of directors to let me step aside from my […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/21/2020
Upcoming Nissan 400Z Nismo might include electrification: Report

One of the issues we pointed out with the Nissan Z Proto when it debuted was there was a lack of any electrification option. For a car that might be around for a decade or more, that seems like an overlooked feature. Apparently, it’s still possible. In an interview with Australia’s Motoring publication, the Chief […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/19/2020