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
Mercedes-Benz next in line to adopt NACS

Mercedes-Benz announced today that it’ll join the growing list of automakers who will support NACS in North America in 2025. This means Mercedes-EQ owners will be able to access the 12,000 Tesla Supercharger locations across the country, plus a growing list of third-parties that’ll support the standard. “Our strategic priority is clear: Building the world’s […]

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Tesla changes the free color on Model 3 and Model Y

If you’ve ever noticed a large number of white Teslas at your local charging station, it’s for a pretty big reason. Sure, white is a good looking color on these cars, but additionally it’s the only color that is a no cost option. As in free. Every other color is at least a $1,000 addition. […]

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Polestar to adopt NACS, which comes as a surprise to literally nobody

Now that the industry has seemingly decided that NACS is the way to go for charging, automakers are starting to come on board pledging to support it. It makes sense that once Volvo decided to make the switch, Polestar wouldn’t be far behind. It took the whole of two days for Polestar to announce that […]

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Electrify America to offer NACS charging support

The dominoes of NACS adoption are falling quickly, but when it all settles there needs to be more competitors to DCFC than just Tesla. That’s what other charging manufacturers are also adopting the connector. Today, Electrify America announced that it will be supporting NACS by 2025. Current stations will be retrofitted and new stations will […]

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The European automakers start to get on board with NACS

First it was Ford. Then it was GM. Then it was Rivian. This week, another automaker has announced its adoption of the Tesla connector starting in 2025. “As part of our journey to becoming fully electric by 2030, we want to make life with an electric car as easy as possible,” said Jim Rowan, CEO […]

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Stellantis taking an entire ecosystem approach to charging its EVs

If you spend any considerable time with an electric vehicle, you know there’s more to charging than just having a charging station to plug into. Where are they located? Are they busy? Do they work? Are they along my route? How long do I need to stay there? How do I pay for it? These […]

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Rivian buys A Better Routeplanner

If you spend enough time in the EV world, someone will talk about A Better Routeplanner and how great it is for, you know, planning routes. With a lot of built-in trip planning solutions not yet up to snuff, A Better Routeplanner would often come in clutch for EV road trips. Rivian, seeing an advantage, […]

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These EVs top Cars.com’s American Made Index for 2023

Every year, our friends over at Cars.com release a list of vehicles that are the most made in the United States. The list is comprised of not just manufacturing location, but parts sourcing and employment. The top 10 list this year is full of EVs, and it will only likely grow as more and more […]

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Rivian to adopt NACS and access Tesla Supercharger network by 2024

In an email circulating this morning, Rivian announced that it will support the Tesla connector charging standard by 2024, and provide Rivian drivers access to the 12,000 charging stations on the Tesla Supercharger network. Following the lead of Ford, and then General Motors, Rivian is the next electric OEM to dump CCS for NACS. Rivian […]

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Should you get a Level 2 charger for your Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid?

If you’re in the market for a new Jeep Wrangler, you probably have seen the all-new 4xe version of the Sahara and Rubicon. The plug-in hybrid Jeeps represent a paradigm shift for off-roading, and based on our first drive impressions, it’s an excellent bit of kit. In order to take advantage of driving on pure […]

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