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
Elon Musk: “We need a UI overhaul”

Software update 2020.48.26 brings a ton of changes to the Tesla interface across all models. Some of the features are fun and whimsical, while others relate to some big changes to the user experience. With the latest changes, though, not everyone is happy. Especially on Model S and Model X cars, the new instrument cluster […]

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Looking Ahead: EV Pulse America looks forward to driving these vehicles in 2021

We all can probably agree that the year 2020 wasn’t much fun. Aside from the pandemic, Australia was on fire, California was on fire, the economy ground to halt. No good. So we decided to reach out to our staff and see what they are most looking forward to driving in the new year. Since […]

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Volkswagen previews its idea of a mobile charging robot

Electric charging infrastructure isn’t as robust as the refueling infrastructure for internal combustion vehicles. That’s simply a fact. But as EV adoption grows, companies are looking at new and innovative ways to improve that situation. Volkswagen Group Components’ Mobile Charging Robot, not to be confused with real robot Bozi Tatarevic, can move around a car […]

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Tesla software update 2020.48.26 brings Fart Mode outside

People are just starting to get the update to their Tesla models, bringing the software up to 2020.48.26. This is a fairly substantial update, with interface improvements. But the newsmaker here is you can now control what the external pedestrian speaker does. Fart Mode outside When the vehicle is in park, you can now tell […]

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Musk says he might be able to allow Teslas without the pedestrian warning speaker to upgrade

With software update 2020.48.26, the Boombox app makes it possible for people with the pedestrian warning speaker on their car to use that speaker to make different nosies. Driving around, or using Smart Summon, the driver can have it play its own sound or one predetermined one. Additionally, the driver can set the external speaker […]

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2021 Volkswagen ID.4 photo gallery

Coming in 2021 is a new electric crossover from the folks at Volkswagen. The VW ID.4 features around 250 miles of range, German build quality, and even three years of free charging from Electrify America. In case you haven’t seen it, yet, check out our gallery here below to see the new ID.4 from the […]

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Tesla Supercharger network is the company’s key to success

While even the most ardent Tesla haters will admit, the cars have become better and better over the years. While yes, the build quality isn’t consistently solid like it is for more mainstream automakers, Tesla has worked out many of the kinks that plagued the brand early on. But for a company that has experienced […]

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Tesla Cybertruck pricing information

It’s no denying that Tesla makes vehicles that people get excited for. The electric carmaker has drawn big crowds to launch events, drawn big money for reservations, and made big evangelists of out buyers. Perhaps the most hotly-anticipated car coming from Tesla soon isn’t even a car at all. It’s a truck. This Tesla pickup […]

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Tesla Model 3 cold weather range test: Christmas 2020

It’s pretty common knowledge that when the weather gets colder, electric vehicles aren’t as efficient. That’s true, to some extent, for gasoline-powered vehicles, too. Running the heater saps power, so more power is needed to do things. On our long-term Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, the range reduction is more serious. Our Model 3 […]

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2021 Jeep Renegade 4xe photo gallery

Here in the United States, the first of the 4xe vehicles we get from Jeep is the Wrangler. In Europe, that’s a different story. They get a plug-in version of the small Jeep Renegade. Called the Renegade 4xe, obviously, it’s designed for Jeep fans who also need to run on pure electricity. This is especially […]

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