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
Possible solution to Super Cruise monthly fee? Look back at GPS navigation updates

Learning that Super Cruise isn’t going to remain “free” after 3 years is a bit annoying. If you buy the car and pay extra for the feature, you expect the feature to always work. But that’s not always possible. Presumably, the ongoing $25/month fee for Cadillac Super Cruise use after the 3-year “free trial” is […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/18/2020
Cadillac announces monthly fee for Super Cruise after free trial period

If you have a Cadillac equipped with Super Cruise, you’re actually on a free trial period of the service. After three years, you’ll have to pay a monthly fee in order to keep using the service. That cost? Twenty-five dollars per month. According to our pals at Roadshow, drivers will be able to pay for […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/18/2020
How-to use Apple’s EV routing function in Apple Maps on iOS 14

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
9/18/2020
How much would a “working class” electric pickup cost?

Our own Bradley Brownell yesterday said that automakers need to embrace the working class with electric vehicles. Today, Ford gave us more details on the electric F-150.   During Ford‘s event, they mentioned how they expect the electric F-150 to be a work truck. Many electric vehicles carry high prices in the United States, and […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/17/2020
Ford teases new, all-electric F-150 during news conference

Ford is investing $700 million in upgrading the Rouge assembly plant in Michigan to accommodate production of the hybrid and BEV F-150. What we don’t know is what the truck will look like. Tesla made waves by making the Cybertruck look … different. Offerings from Rivian and GMC should look like more conventional trucks, but […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/17/2020
Ford reveals production date for all-electric F-150, production at Rouge facility

Ford is announcing that the all-new, fully-electric F-150 will go on sale by mid-2022. It’ll be produced alongside the other F-150s, including the hybrid, at an addition at the Rogue production facility in Michigan. Ford’s Kumar Galhotra is making this announcement alongside other production information. Ford employs more hourly workers in the United States than […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/17/2020
Nissan Z Proto missing something big for a 21st century project

Last night, Z fans around the world waited with baited breath to see the new Nissan Z Proto. After browsing social media this morning, it seems like most people are satisfied with the concept. But it’s missing something. Is it wrong to bring up the lack of any alternative powertrain options on a new sports […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/16/2020
Cadillac requiring dealerships to invest $200,000 in upgrades for EV: Report

In preparation for an onslaught of electric vehicles, including the new Lyriq, dealerships are being asked by Cadillac to invest $200,000 in upgrades in order to sell the products. Based on a report in Automotive News, all 880 Cadillac dealerships in the United States were told on Wednesday that they’d need to invest at least […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/16/2020
Electrify America goes to pricing by the kWh in 23 states and reduces rates

When people first start looking into electric cars, they try to figure out where they’ll charge them when they’re on the go. DC fast charging is growing quickly, but curiously new owners will notice that instead of paying for the electricity used, they pay by the minute. What gives? By the minute fees, combined with […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/16/2020
Apple iOS 14 drops tomorrow with EV route mapping as part of Apple Maps

For those living the Apple lifestyle, there is a big update coming to your iPhone tomorrow. iOS 14 drops with a slew of new features, including updates for getting a better experience out of your car. One of the biggest features touted during the reveal was Apple Maps supporting route planning based on charging. While […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/15/2020