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
Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” City Streets function will continue to be a SAE Level 2 driver assistance program

To equip your Tesla with “Full Self Driving,” you must spend $10,000 to enable the functionality. But the functionality isn’t there yet. You might be thinking, “There’s a ‘FSD’ beta out there right now for city streets. Surely that’s basically what Waymo is doing?” Wrong. PlainSite obtained documents between Tesla’s legal department and California’s DMV […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 3/7/2021
Actress Kathryn Hahn hosts hybrid game show commercial featuring the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

To help promote the refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chrysler recruited actress Kathryn Hahn to help. Hahn plays the role of a game show host, asking contestants, “why don’t you drive a hybrid?” The contestants then respond with false stigmas surrounding hybrid vehicle ownership. “The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the only plug-in hybrid minivan on […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 3/6/2021
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 performance metrics tested

Recently, we had a chance to spend a day in the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover. It’s not the brand’s first fully electric vehicle in the United States, but it is the first attempt at a 50 state, mass adopted product. Our test unit was a rear-wheel drive 1st Edition product. That means it makes […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 3/5/2021
Electrify America explains why charge rates can vary, especially in colder weather

Winter can be hard on a vehicle. When it comes to overall range, both gasoline and electric vehicles suffer from the changes, but it appears that electric vehicles suffer more. There’s some reasoning to why, and why the recharge rate can also vary as the thermometer drops. Electrify America’s director of Charging Infrastructure Planning and […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 2/26/2021
Aston Martin DBX to receive a PHEV variant with up to 800 horsepower: Report

The Aston Martin DBX, the brand’s first crossover, will also be one of the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicles. It’s all part of the brand’s plans to have a 90% electrified lineup by 2030. Aston Martin boss, Tobias Moers, spoke during an investment call about the company’s future. Since Mercedes-Benz has 20% ownership stake in […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 2/26/2021
BMW takes iX3, i4, and iNEXT extreme weather testing at the Arctic Circle

In order to ensure that its electric vehicles will work in all conditions anywhere on the planet, BMW takes its lineup to the Arctic Circle for testing. While they were up there freezing to ensure range and functionality of equipment, they also snapped some of these incredibly cold photos.

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 2/23/2021
Watch the reveal of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 right here

The official reveal of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is nearly here, and while we’ve prepared you for what to expect thanks to the various leaks leading up to the reveal, you probably want to watch the reveal yourself. You can do so right here, on this very page, when the reveal happens. Because it’s a […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 2/23/2021
Electrified Ford Ranger pickup likely in Europe, though final form is still unclear

Earlier today, CarExpert in Australia stated that a plug-in hybrid Ford Ranger was coming to Europe, and speculated on whether or not that truck would then find its way to Australia. A new Ranger is coming, for sure, and it’ll likely be a global product, but it’s unclear if the electrified Ford Ranger will exist […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 2/22/2021
GMC Hummer EV to be revealed on October 20th

REVEALED: Get all the details on the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1, and the rest of the lineup, right here. With innovative “Crab Mode” and an all-electric powertrain, the Hummer brand returns on October 20th, when General Motors officially unveils what they call the world’s first “super truck.” Crab Mode is enabled by a […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 2/21/2021
Ford reveals its plans to go all-electric on passenger cars by 2030 in Europe

As we get closer and closer to the year 2030, more automakers announce that they’ll be electric by in Europe by then. Today’s addition? Ford. By 2030, the Blue Oval will be selling only electric passenger cars in Europe. Ford laid out its plans for both its passenger cars and commercial vehicles today across the […]

by Chad Kirchner
Last Updated: 2/17/2021