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
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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Jeep allocating 4xe models based on state CARB compliance: Report

If you live in a CARB state, your local Jeep dealership is only going to have 4xe Wranglers on the lot. If you live in a non-CARB state, the reverse will be true. That is, unless you custom order. Based on a report from Automotive News, Stellantis is changing up how it allocates its gasoline-only […]

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Track NACS adoption with this online tracker

With Ford and GM announcing that their respective companies will be adopting the Tesla charging (NACS) connector in 2025, it has been asked who else is going to support it. Which automakers are supporting NACS? But more importantly, which charging companies, EVSE providers, and more are supporting NACS? The folks over at EVAdoption are maintaining […]

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GM joining the NACS train, switching to new charging port standard in 2025

As we predicted when Ford pulled the trigger a couple of weeks ago, General Motors is the next automotive OEM to adopt the Tesla North American Charging Standard on its future EVs. “Our vision of the all-electric future means producing millions of world-class EVs across categories and price points, while creating an ecosystem that will […]

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Toyota building new battery lab in Michigan

To help further the company’s development of batteries for battery electric vehicles, Toyota is building a new battery lab in Michigan and expanding the company’s electrified vehicle development capability here in the United States. The lab, to be built at the company’s R & D headquarters in York Township, Michigan, is a $50 million project […]

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Volvo EX30 electric crossover is both small and mighty

Volvo has pulled the covers off of its smallest SUV yet. Called the EX30, it’s an all-electric crossover that sits at the bottom of the band’s lineup below the XC40 Recharge and C40. “The fully electric EX30 might be our smallest ever SUV, but it’s a big deal for our customers and a big deal […]

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2024 Toyota Grand Highlander first drive review: Toyota gets the hybrid 3-row formula right

In the illustrious world of three-row Toyota SUVs, you find yourself amidst a bounty of tantalizing choices. The incumbent Toyota Highlander – also available in a hybrid avatar – might catch your eye. Or perhaps, the lure of the majestic Sequoia, the new kid on the block with its full-bodied SUV flair, could tickle your […]

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Ford to adopt North American Charging Standard connector on future EVs

Ford’s Jim Farley today announced that in future Ford EVs, customers will be able to take advantage of native charging on the Tesla Supercharger network thanks to the addition of a North American Charging Standard port. “Tesla has led the industry in creating a large, reliable and efficient charging system and we are pleased to […]

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Porsche Taycan gains Apple Maps EV routing support

If you have a Porsche Taycan and you’re taking a long road trip, you’re going to want to use the built-in route planning software in the Porsche navigation system. It knows how much charge your car has and can route you to stations so you can complete your journey without having to worry about range […]

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Volvo’s smallest EV, the EX30, officially set to debut on June 7th

Volvo’s newest EV is about to be shown to the universe, and we know what it is going to be called. The EX30 will be the company’s smallest SUV to date, and also its smallest EV. Teased in a video you can see below, the EX30 has some design cues from the much larger EX90. […]

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