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
2022 Ford E-Transit first drive review: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, now electric

We readily admit that the hubbub around Ford’s electrification plans is focused around the upcoming F-150 Lighting. As the first mass market electric pickup, it’s obvious it’d be getting the attention. But when it comes to mass market electrification, Ford is hitting a different product first. That product? Transit. Part of a larger consolidation of […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/31/2022
2022 Kia EV6 first drive review: Don’t let me let you go

You are all going to need to bear with me for a second. When Kia first announced its newest electric car, the EV6, it raised the ire of the late 1990s alternative rock group Eve 6. In fact, they launched a Twitter campaign to “pay them.” While it’s all in good fun — at least […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/31/2022
More businesses should invest in level 2 charging, but leave DCFC to companies like Electrify America and Tesla who own their own equipment for the time being

Capitalism is great. Well, sometimes. When it comes to the rollout of EV charging infrastructure it can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Level 2 J-1772 charging is perfect for many businesses who want to offer a competitive advantage but they need to leave the DCFC to some of the big dogs — at […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/17/2022
EV 101: Can the Ford F-150 Lightning use a Tesla Supercharger charging station?

You might be considering ordering the hot new electric-powered pickup truck from Ford. It’s the first real, mass produced, non-premium electric pickup truck on sale in the United States, and they’ll soon be everywhere. When you get you, you might be thinking about where you’ll charge it. You might have even noticed when driving around […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/14/2022
Musk: “Tesla ‘FSD’ price rising to $12k on Jan. 17”

Tesla’s “Full Self Driving” software suite is controversial at best. It’s a Level 2 ADAS system that promised to be fully autonomous in the future, based on the hardware currently in the car. While paying a few grand for the promise of something in the future, the price continued to rise for the software. Keep […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/7/2022
Ford attempting to crack down on dealership shenanigans regarding the F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lighting is going to be an incredibly popular vehicle when it comes out later this spring. Dealerships know that, and some are doing less than savory things to try to drive up their revenue. One of the things some places has attempted is by adding an additional reservation fee on top of […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/7/2022
CES 2022 confirms EVs are coming whether you like it or not

EVs are coming, whether you like it or not. If you’re reading this site, you presumably already know that, but this latest CES in Las Vegas — and virtually — pretty much confirms our electron future of transportation. GM took the opportunity to show off an electric Silverado. When you add that to the electric […]

by Chad Kirchner
1/7/2022
We live in a post-build quality era, for better or for worse

Over the weekend, Tesla released its holiday update for 2021. Among the many changes to the interface came so fun new games and the light show functionality to Model 3 and Model Y models. If case you haven’t witnessed the light show for yourself, this video shows you everything you need to know. Tesla’s aren’t […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/27/2021
Tesla’s Light Show function supports the matrix headlights on the newest Tesla models

The Europeans have all the fun when it comes to headlight technology. Matrix headlights make it safer to drive at night by being able to block out just part of the high beam to prevent blinding oncoming traffic. Premium luxury cars in the United States have this technology, but it’s not enabled yet thanks to […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/27/2021
Ford’s new F-150 Lightning can also charge other EVs with the onboard generator

Earlier this year, we demonstrated to you that a Ford F-150 Hybrid with the 7.2 kW ProPower Onboard generator could charge a Tesla Model 3 — or really any other EV for that matter — in a pinch. The process was simple, assuming you had the correct adapter for the generator. Ford included the onboard […]

by Chad Kirchner
12/21/2021