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
2022 Jeep Wagoneer debuts with mild-hybrid setup, but lacking PHEV tech of prototype at launch

Our friends at Stellantis have finally shown us, and the world, the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. What you’ll notice at first glance is how much these vehicles look like the prototype that we peeped last year. It’s an impressive body-on-frame brute that is clearly going after the folks at Cadillac, Lincoln, and maybe […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/11/2021
Jeep channeling key X-Men villain for EV Easter Jeep Safari concept

Every year, prior to the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Jeep creates a series of concepts to take out to the desert and show off. It’s a chance to let the design team really be creative and in some cases it even gives us a hint at future products. This year we knew that one […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/9/2021
Nissan and Mitsubishi introducing an electric kei car for Japan: Report

Nissan and Mitsubishi are working to roll out a small electric car in Japan that will start at around $18,000 after government subsidies. The kei car will share a common platform and battery to help keeps the overall costs low. The range will to out at around 200 km, which again is designed to keep […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/9/2021
McLaren announces warranty and service plan for upcoming Artura supercar

When it ships, the McLaren Artura will be the company’s first series production plug-in hybrid vehicle. In addition to 19 miles of electric only driving, the hybrid turbo 6-cylinder engine will also launch the car to 60 mph in 3 seconds. Some people buy supercars to actually drive, and McLaren is ready to support those […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/9/2021
Nissan’s EV future will look different from its EV present

Nissan was the first automaker to bring an affordable electric vehicle to the mainstream with the Leaf. While many of us credit Tesla for making them popular, the Leaf was on sale and in driveways while cars like the Model 3 were just a figment of Elon’s imagination. Over the years that followed, each company […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/8/2021
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
3/7/2021
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
3/5/2021
Hello, Mercedes: Spy shots of the Mercedes-Benz EQS and EQ crossover Stateside up close and personal

Soon Mercedes-Benz EQ models will be going on sale in the United States, so the company will likely have to validate and test those vehicles using U.S. roads and utilizing U.S. charging infrastructure. Here we have some shots of Mercedes-Benz doing just that with what appears to be the EQS sedan and the EQ crossover. […]

by Chad Kirchner
2/26/2021
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
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
2/26/2021