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
Preview: 3 months with the 2021 Nissan Leaf Plus SL

Today marks the beginning of a journey for EV Pulse, as Nissan just dropped a 2021 Nissan Leaf for us. We’ll get to keep the electric hatchback for 3 months. Throughout the course of the loan, we’ll take it on some adventures, talk about some of the features, and really spend time living with a […]

by Chad Kirchner
5/4/2021
Ultium Charge 360 is GM’s solution to managing various charging networks in one place

When it comes to charging an electric vehicle on the go, there’s two ways to do it as a manufacturer. You can either build out your own network, like what Tesla does with its Supercharging network or what Rivian will be doing with its Adventure Network. Or, you partner with the big network providers and […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/29/2021
Electrify America opens 600th charging station in less than 3 years

Three years ago wasn’t that long ago, especially considering that over a year of that time we were all fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. But in those three short years Electrify America has a managed to open 600 charging stations. The first open DC fast-charging station opened on May 2, 2018 in Chicopee, Massachusetts (which is […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/29/2021
Jeep Performance Parts lift kit now available for Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid

Has there ever been a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that you’d want to put a 2-inch lift on? Maybe the RAV4 PHEV? But now that has changed because you can get the Jeep Wrangler in PHEV trim, and Jeep Performance Parts is ready for those buyers who are ready to lift and put 40s in […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/29/2021
2021 Ford F-150 hybrid gets useful new Onboard Scale and Smart Hitch technology, plus more

“How much weight is in my truck’s bed?” It’s a good question, and one you should be asking yourself if you plan on loading it to the max and then wanting to drive safely. “What is the tongue weight of this trailer? Is it too much?” More important questions you should be asking yourself every […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/28/2021
Take your entire family off the beaten path with the 2022 Toyota Sienna Woodland Special Edition

Did you ever think to yourself, “I like the idea of a hybrid-powered, all-wheel drive minivan. I just wish I could take it on the Rubicon trail?” If you have, then Toyota might have just the right product for you. Called the Sienna Woodland Special Edition, the van began life as a standard 2022 Toyota […]

by Chad Kirchner
4/27/2021
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