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
Up close and personal with Jeep’s Electrify America powered trail EV chargers

When Jeep announced the Wrangler 4xe, the company said that they would be installing electric vehicle chargers at popular trail sites across the country. As time progressed, we learned these chargers would be implemented by Electrify America and that they would be solar powered. Now we’ve had a chance to see one up close. At […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/26/2021
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe first drive review: The best off-road Jeep you can buy today

If you were to accuse Stellantis of only making EV compliance cars in the United States, you wouldn’t be off-base. Former executive Sergio Marchionne famously told the media to not buy the Fiat 500e because he lost $14,000 on every one he sold. But that was then, and this is now. Today, Stellantis is in […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/26/2021
We need to stop advertising peak charging speed for electric vehicles

Electric vehicles, while looking similar to their gas powered counterparts, work differently. There is a big battery on board that powers an electric motor. Recharging that battery, on the surface, works a lot like recharging an ICE vehicle. When you pull into a charging station, after enabling the charging station (which you don’t have to […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/23/2021
2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid first drive review: Well rounded hybrid greatness

The Hyundai Tucson is new for 2022, and in addition to an updated gasoline version, there’s a hybrid and eventual plug-in hybrid on the way. We recently spent some time in Tucson, Arizona (get it, Tucson in Tucson) to see if the hybrid version is any good. Powering the hybrid Tucson is a 1.6-liter turbo […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/20/2021
U.S. News releases its Best Hybrid, Best Plug-In Hybrid, and Best EV awards for 2021

Over the past couple of years, the new car marketplace in the United States has grown significantly with regards to fully electric vehicles, plug in hybrids, and regular hybrid electric vehicles. Deciding which one to purchase can be a daunting process, which is why U.S. News & World Report creates a list each year of […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/20/2021
The math for an Apple Car doesn’t add up, someone please explain it to me

It’s another week, which means there’s more reporting that Apple is going to make a car. This time the Korea Times is saying that the joint venture between LG and Magna, which we talk about here, is nearing finalizing a deal with Apple to produce an automobile. This likely isn’t the first time you’ve heard […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/13/2021
Chevrolet confirms that Silverado EV is coming after Hummer EV, built at Factory Zero facility

Chevrolet has confirmed that the next big EV reveal in line following the Hummer EV and SUV is the new EV version of the Chevrolet Silverado. It’ll be build at the Factory Zero facility in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. Built on the Ultium platform, the new Silverado is expected to provide all of the capability […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/6/2021
Hold up on that whole Voltswagen thing, says Volkswagen AG: Report

In the Before Times, this week would be the New York International Auto Show, which would be full of big reveals and brand news. Because it’s not happening this year at this time, automakers are still utilizing the time to drop news. Unfortunately, it’s also the week of April 1. April Fools’ Day is a […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/30/2021
Introducing Voltswagen: The peoples’ electric car company… wait, huh?

Yesterday we reported that Volkswagen, which literally means the peoples’ car in German, was going to go through a name change in the United States. Those reports apparently are correct, as Volkswagen is officially stating that it has a new name for U.S. operations that ushers in a new era of e-Mobility. That name? Voltswagen. […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/30/2021
Mini Pacesetter is an electrified JCW GP that’ll play Safety Car in the Formula E World Championship series

We’re pretty big fans of the Mini Cooper S E electric here, but it’s safe to say that it isn’t “motor sports ready.” So Mini took inspiration from John Cooper Works and applied it to a new concept that’ll function as a Safety Car in the Formula E series. Called the Pacesetter, the electric Mini […]

by Chad Kirchner
3/29/2021