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
How will the Tesla Semi actually get 621 miles per charge?

Recently, Elon Musk mentioned that the Tesla Semi, a class 8 commercial truck, will get 621 miles of range per charge. How exactly will that be possible? Musk claims new battery technology will be what makes it happen, and while I agree that new battery technology is going to make this goal more attainable, it’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/27/2020
Which budget-friendly European EVs go the distance on a single charge?

Our European friends have a ton — or tonne — more EVs to choose from. Thanks to a growing infrastructure and government incentives, there are EVs from all of the big players. Additionally, many of them are budget-minded cars and not just a straight premium offering. Maybe you’re shopping this fall for an EV in […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/27/2020
How we’d spec it: 2022 Rivian R1T electric pickup

Now that you can build and price your own Rivian R1S and R1T, we thought we’d come up with some of our dream configurations to share with you folks. For the R1T, we believe that it’s a truck that’s going to be well suited for getting away from it all. That’s why the Adventure Package […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/25/2020
Rivian R1T and R1S configurators are now online

Whether you’re anxiously awaiting a new Rivian, or if you’re just looking to cure some boredom at the office, we have some good news. The configurator for the Rivian R1T electric pickup truck and the R1S electric SUV is now online. The R1T configurator lets you choose between a bunch of different colors, wheels and […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/25/2020
Tesla recalling Model X over improperly applied adhesive for cosmetic trim

Tesla is recalling 9,136 potentially affected Model X vehicles due to a production issue where adhesive wasn’t properly primed before applied to trim near the doors of the vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “[t]he Model X is equipped with a cosmetic appliqué at the front of the roof just behind the […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/25/2020
EV 101: Can a Tesla use an Electrify America fast charging station?

If you own a Tesla, you have the luxury of being able to rapidly top off your car at any Supercharger location. The Supercharger network is one of the main reasons why Teslas are so popular. But if you’re in an area that doesn’t have a Supercharger, you might need to charge elsewhere. Electrify America’s […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/25/2020
Electrify America’s Plug&Charge tech strikes at the heart of Tesla’s Supercharger simplicity

Using a Tesla Supercharger is a seamless process. Simply connect the car to the charging cable, and as long as there is a credit card associated with the owner’s Tesla account, the car will start charging and the card will be billed appropriately. Up until now, Tesla was the only one who could provide that […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/24/2020
Ford officially announces EPA range for Mustang Mach-E

Over the weekend, some folks started receiving their window stickers for the Ford Mustang Mach-E that they had ordered. On that sticker included the EPA estimates for the car. Now, Ford has gone official with the range for the entire launch lineup of Mach-E. Here’s the range figures for each Mach-E; Standard-range rear-wheel drive: 230 […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/23/2020
2020 Kia Niro PHEV review: A mixed bag

The Kia Niro is a popular small crossover — really just a hatchback — that comes with a variety of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid. Rated at 26 miles of all-electric range, it could be the ideal small runabout that can also take a journey if you needed to. Of course, that’s assuming it’s any […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/22/2020
An electric Nissan Titan with Hercules technology doesn’t make much sense quite yet

Every automaker is looking toward electrification for a variety of reasons. Some of it is to avoid the regulatory burdens of not making energy efficient vehicles. Some want to be at the forefront of green technology. No matter what the reason, if automakers aren’t researching and developing it now, it’ll be too late. So when […]

by Chad Kirchner
11/20/2020