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
Watch: We go hands on — we mean hands off — with Ford’s BlueCruise in the Mustang Mach-E GT

We’ve tested the new Ford Mustang Mach-E GT in the cliffs around San Francisco for our first drive review. We’ve taken a Mach-E GT Performance Edition to the drag strip to test its performance. But there’s one other feature that’s relatively new from Ford that we haven’t tested yet: BlueCruise. Ford’s BlueCruise technology is a […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/1/2021
2022 Mazda MX-30 first drive review: The ‘Zoom Zoom’ of EVs, with one big caveat

During the presentation before driving the 2022 Mazda MX-30 near the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California, we were told that the MX-30 is a proper Mazda. We were told to expect driving dynamics similar to the company’s other models — possibly even Miata — with this front-drive EV. And while it’s definitely not as fun […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/1/2021
Toyota announces production bZ4X BEV in Japan, shows off steering yoke

Toyota’s first bZ vehicle is getting closer to production, and now we have more details on what to expect as it rolls out in Japan, and then for other markets. This beyond Zero lineup starts with the 4X. The bZ4X here is the first of seven bZ models to be introduced by 2025, and chases […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/29/2021
Mitsubishi reveals updated Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid

When Mitsubishi updated its Outlander, it was obvious that an updated PHEV plug-in would be on the way. Especially considering how strong of a seller it is for the brand. That updated version has now officially debuted, and will be heading to North American in the second half of 2022. “With low CO2 emissions and […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/27/2021
GM working with dealerships to roll out 40,000 community-based chargers

The folks at General Motors are working to roll out some more EV charging stations around the country, and the focus this time is on level 2 EVSEs. While those don’t make sense for road trips, a solid level 2 infrastructure within a community can satisfy most charging needs. The key is knowing where to […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/26/2021
Hertz commits to purchasing 100,000 Tesla Model 3 EVs, build out EV infrastructure

What used to be a sign of an unhealthy automaker is now potentially a good sign of growth because Hertz has said they have purchased 100,000 electric vehicles from Tesla. Bloomberg is reporting that the purchase will total $4.2 billion for Tesla and be the largest EV purchase in history. Renters will have access to […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/25/2021
Watch: We take a Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition to the drag strip and track battery performance

Recently, we had a chance to take a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition to the drag strip and go all out to see how the performance electric from Ford held up over repeated runs. National Trails Raceway in Hebron, Ohio was our test site for the event, and even though it was an […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/19/2021
Early first look review: 2022 Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge with updated battery

While we were in Belgium driving the new C40 Recharge, we were given a unique opportunity to check out Volvo’s updated plug-in hybrid powertrain coming soon to T8 models in the United States. The updated battery pack is now 18.8 kWh with 14.9 kWh usable. The new pack size makes it eligible for the full […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/18/2021
2022 Volvo C40 first drive review: Volvo’s continuous improvement of EVs

On paper, the Volvo C40 Recharge appears to be a bit redundant. Between the Polestar 2 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge, it seems another vehicle in that size class with similar performance might be a bit overkill for a smaller manufacturer. However, after spending some time driving around Belgium — where the C40 is built […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/18/2021
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition first drive review: Boogity boogity

As we near the end of the 2021 calendar year, there are still some folks out there who want to litigate whether or not a Mustang Mach-E is actually a Mustang. It doesn’t matter if that’s what Ford calls it or not, there’s some sort of “heritage” reason why it’s not. For those doubters, we’d […]

by Chad Kirchner
10/11/2021