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
2023 Subaru Solterra first drive review: Love, in electric form

The 2023 Subaru Solterra is the company’s first dedicated electric vehicle. And at first glance, you’ll notice a ton of similarities to the Toyota bZ4X. But while the cars share a lot in common, they are positioned very differently. Which is why, while we liked the Toyota bZ4X well enough, we much prefer the Subaru […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/17/2022
Reminder: You don’t have to pay $145,309 for a new F-150 Lightning

In the United States, prices quoted by the manufacturer are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. That “suggested” part is key, and how franchised dealerships can charge whatever they want for a new car, regardless of what the brand would like them to sell it at. On a hot new product, especially one that has 200,000 preorders […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/13/2022
Yes, Magna can build you a custom Iron Man suit

Magna assembles some pretty cool cars that you might not know are built by the company. The company builds the BMW Z4 and the Toyota Supra. They build the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. They also assemble the Chinese-market Arcfox. Magna also, later this year, will start assembly of the Fisker Ocean. One core service the company has […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/12/2022
Can’t charge your EV with the Ford F-150 Hybrid or Lightning? Here’s why

If you follow our coverage, you know that early on after Ford started shipping the F-150 Hybrid with Pro Power Onboard we attempted to charge up our long-term Tesla Model 3 using the generator and the Tesla mobile charging adapter. It worked flawlessly. For reference, the F-150 Hybrid’s 7.2 kW onboard generator can output 3,600 […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/11/2022
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning first drive review: Denis Leary would approve

For what seemed like the longest time, Ford employed Denis Leary to provide the voice-over for its commercials. Some of them were quite memorable, and his name became synonymous with Ford F-Series and work. Today, the F-Series looks a bit different. Especially with the F-150, which now comes in an all electric version called Lightning. […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/11/2022
Ram teases upcoming electric Ram pickup to “steal some thunder”

If you’re reading this story on Monday, April 25, you’ll know that tomorrow Ford will be officially announcing production of the F-150 Lightning. So that means there are automakers who want to get out ahead of the news, since the news cycle will be dominated by Ford news for a hot minute. Ram wants to […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/25/2022
Chevrolet to offer electrified Corvette as early as “next year,” fully-electric to come later

It should come as no surprise that the entire lineup at General Motors is going to be electrified, and then ultimately all electric. But that doesn’t make the news any less exciting that the Corvette is going to be both of those things, with an electrified version coming as early as next year. In a […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/25/2022
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe first drive review: It’s a luxury Jeep thing

When you think of the Jeep brand, your mind likely goes to the lovable, and serious, off-road Wrangler. It’s the quintessential Jeep that has rolled off the assembly line in Toledo since 1941. But it’s not the most popular Jeep. The Jeep sales leader is the Grand Cherokee, and it’s new this year and quite […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/19/2022
2023 Toyota bZ4x first drive review: The Toyota of electric vehicles

What do you think of when you think about the brand Toyota? Maybe you think about reliability, which the company has long been known for? Maybe you think about how they have some fun cars, like the upcoming GR Corolla, the Toyota Supra, or the GR86? Maybe you think about some its hybrids, like the […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/12/2022
Suono Puro: Pininfarina’s sound of sustainable luxury with the Battista

What should a car sound like? Prior to the adoption of electric vehicles, cars sounded like their motors. Maybe there was a tuned exhaust? Maybe they had a backfire brap when the driver downshifted? Either way, cars typically sound like combustion. There’s no combustion in electric vehicles, at least not on purpose, and there’s a […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/12/2022