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
Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept photo gallery and up close details

The novel coronavirus pandemic has created challenges for automakers launching new vehicles. Reveals at auto shows have been dumped for live Zoom calls and YouTube streams. Getting a chance to see a new car up close, at least right now, is more difficult than ever. But that hasn’t stopped us from seeking out these new […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/28/2020
Tesla Battery Day 2020 recap

The 2020 Tesla Motors Battery Day event just concluded, and here’s a quick recap how it went down in case you missed it. Musk started off talking about his recap of this pandemic year of manufacturing and the amount of growth he expects from the company overall. While it’s not as good as 2019, he’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Tesla Cybertruck can really only happen in United States, smaller version for rest of world: Battery Day

Tesla‘s Battery Day is here, and during the predictable question and answer session, someone asked about the Cybertruck. According to Musk, they’ve “stopped counting” reservations. Musk says that when Giga Austin is up and running, 250,000 to 300,000 Cybertrucks produced a year will be possible. Due to legal reasons, the Cybertruck as it is wouldn’t […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Smaller, $25,000 fully-autonomous Tesla car coming according to Musk: Battery Day

During Tesla‘s Battery Day event, CEO Elon Musk said that he has a less expensive car on the way. While he wouldn’t give many details, he said it’d be $25,000. Tesla says it’ll be able to lower prices per kWh by 56% thanks to improvement in manufacturing and battery designs, and when that happens Tesla […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
Model S Plaid available at the end of 2021; available now to order for $139,990: Battery Day

Following the major Tesla Battery Day announcement, Elon Musk said that there is a Model S Plaid coming officially, and that it’ll be on sale soon. You can order the car now, and it’ll ship at the end of 2021, according to Musk. Some stats quickly popped up on the screen, including greater than 520 […]

by Chad Kirchner
9/22/2020
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