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Cristian Agatie

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As a child, he grew up among tractors and heavy machinery and was covered in grease from tip to toe most of the time. It was a tractor that he drove for the first time and when asked what he’d become, he candidly replied: “tractor operator”. Later on, he drove all kinds of vehicles, from heavy trucks to off-roaders, all outside of public roads until he got his driving license.

He did not become a tractor operator, as you can tell already. Instead, he got interested in journalism and pursued a career finding stories for local newspapers and radio stations. But the first love is never forgotten, so when presented with the chance, he seized it and became a motor journalist in 1995.

Having found the perfect job to mix his passion for cars and journalism, he couldn’t help exploring other areas, like science, computers, and mobile devices. He took stints working for a computer magazine for a couple of years, and it was then that he had his first contact with new media. But cars always remained his passion, so he returned to motor journalism when Auto Bild started its local branch. Later, he became an internet junkie, and moving online felt only natural.

In the meantime, he also became obsessed with technology, electric vehicles, batteries, and whatnot, so he writes a lot about those. He found autoevolution a fertile ground for exploration and so he discovered his passion for RVs and campers, but also solar panels and new energy solutions.
Rivian Patents Genius UWB-Enabled Accessory for Dog Lovers
Rivian Patents Genius UWB-Enabled Accessory for Dog Lovers

5 Jul 2024, 15:52 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian celebrated Independence Day by publishing several patents, including one dedicated to dog lovers. The patented dog collar uses UWB technology to track the pet's position and provide various automations. These include adjusting the clima...

 
Crazy BMW Coupe Prototype With Neue Klasse DNA and Wheel Hub Motors Emerges From the Void
Crazy BMW Coupe Prototype With Neue Klasse DNA and Wheel Hub Motors Emerges From the Void

5 Jul 2024, 12:06 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / BMW was caught testing a new coupe prototype with strong Neue Klasse vibes and revolutionary tech. The Neue Klasse Coupe that no one saw coming features wheel hub motors on all four corners. This is the first confirmation that BMW is quite advanced...

 
Wrong Answers Only: What To Do if You Traded In Your Car to Fisker but Was Never Collected
Wrong Answers Only: What To Do if You Traded In Your Car to Fisker but Was Never Collected

4 Jul 2024, 16:58 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Fisker's bankruptcy has led to a strange situation for one of the Ocean owners. He traded in his old Volkswagen for the electric SUV, but the ailing startup never came to collect the vehicle. Now he's wondering what he can do with his old...

 
Fisker Is Liquidating Inventory: How Does a Fisker Ocean for $2,500 Sound?
Fisker Is Liquidating Inventory: How Does a Fisker Ocean for $2,500 Sound?

4 Jul 2024, 15:07 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Fisker is liquidating its vehicle inventory to cover vital expenses. The EV startup has reached a tentative deal with the New York-based firm American Lease to sell the remaining 3,231 Ocean SUVs for up to $46.3 million. Pending court approval, Ame...

 
Independence Day: Tesla Launches Military Purchase Program To Honor Those Who Serve
Independence Day: Tesla Launches Military Purchase Program To Honor Those Who Serve

4 Jul 2024, 11:11 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla announced a new "Military Purchase Program" just before Independence Day, joining other American carmakers in this initiative. The program allows veterans, retirees, active-duty military members, and their spouses to buy a Model 3, ...

 
Tesla Rolls Out Huge Software Update Introducing Parental Controls With 'Night Curfew'
Tesla Rolls Out Huge Software Update Introducing Parental Controls With 'Night Curfew'

3 Jul 2024, 16:12 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla's software team is on a roll this week, releasing new features across all EV models. After improving the charging experience for the Cybertruck owners, Tesla is testing internally another huge update. This includes Parental Controls, imp...

 
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Owners Are Now Targeted by Car Thieves As 'Game Boy' Emulators Improve
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Owners Are Now Targeted by Car Thieves As 'Game Boy' Emulators Improve

3 Jul 2024, 14:44 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Hyundai and Kia are again in the spotlight for car theft, as thieves have learned how to get access to the latest EV models from the Korean carmakers. This makes the relatively expensive "Game Boy" car key emulators a worthy investment fo...

 
Software Update Significantly Boosts Tesla Cybertruck's Charging Performance
Software Update Significantly Boosts Tesla Cybertruck's Charging Performance

3 Jul 2024, 10:15 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla Cybertruck owners report that the 2024.20.7 software update significantly improved the charging curve. However, to fully benefit, the truck needs to be charged at an 800-volt terminal. This suggests that Tesla will soon deploy 800-volt capabi...

 
Tesla FSD V12.4.2 Still a Disappointment, Owners Blame Reviewers for Telling the Truth
Tesla FSD V12.4.2 Still a Disappointment, Owners Blame Reviewers for Telling the Truth

2 Jul 2024, 15:19 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Despite being more than a month late in rolling out to customers, Tesla FSD V12.4.2 is still not up to snuff, as testers revealed. Some consider it a regression even compared to the failed V12.4.1 build, which might send the new build back to the l...

 
Rivian Slips Important Details About the Upcoming R2's Drive Configurations
Rivian Slips Important Details About the Upcoming R2's Drive Configurations

1 Jul 2024, 21:24 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / The upcoming Rivian R2 will feature the second generation of Enduro drive units, which the EV startup developed in-house. The upgraded motors are called "Maximus" and offer important advantages in terms of manufacturing efficiency and cos...

 
Elon Musk Suggests It's the End of the Road for the Hardware 3 Autopilot Computer
Elon Musk Suggests It's the End of the Road for the Hardware 3 Autopilot Computer

1 Jul 2024, 14:44 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Although Tesla claimed that all its cars are prepared for Full Self-Driving, vehicles with Hardware 3 Autopilot computer might have reached their limits. Elon Musk said that further FSD development would require an upgraded inference computer. T...

 
Tesla Finally Rolls Out FSD V12.4.2 to Customers, Elon Musk Explains Why It Took So Long
Tesla Finally Rolls Out FSD V12.4.2 to Customers, Elon Musk Explains Why It Took So Long

1 Jul 2024, 12:08 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla initially promised the FSD V12.4 would reach customer vehicles by the end of May, but the first builds never made it past internal testing. On June 30, the FSD V12.4.2 rolled out to the first Tesla customers, and Elon Musk took the time to ex...

 
First Look at the G65 BMW X5/iX5 Prototype Reveals Intriguing Design Details
First Look at the G65 BMW X5/iX5 Prototype Reveals Intriguing Design Details

1 Jul 2024, 09:58 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Our photographers spotted a weird BMW prototype with a strong Neue Klasse vibe. Visibly larger than the Neue Klasse X3/iX3 (NA5), this appears to be the rumored G65 BMW X5/iX5 that will still be based on the existing CLAR architecture. BMW is pr...

 
Rivian Wants To Beat Tesla at Its Own Game, End-to-End AI and Megacastings Included
Rivian Wants To Beat Tesla at Its Own Game, End-to-End AI and Megacastings Included

29 Jun 2024, 22:18 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian is arguably the most successful EV startup in the US, although it's far from coming out of the woods. The company burns its cash reserves like there's no tomorrow and only a radical change in strategy can save it from following Lor...

 
Volkswagen So Desperate It's Willing To Pay $1 Billion Just To Look at Rivian's Software
Volkswagen So Desperate It's Willing To Pay $1 Billion Just To Look at Rivian's Software

28 Jun 2024, 21:18 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian and Volkswagen announced a surprising partnership to develop next-generation software, electronic control units (ECUs), and related network architecture design and development. The move shows that Volkswagen's bet on Cariad backfired, a...

 
Rivian Announces the Most Powerful V2H Bidirectional Charger on the Market
Rivian Announces the Most Powerful V2H Bidirectional Charger on the Market

28 Jun 2024, 17:32 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian has always claimed its vehicles are capable of bidirectional charging but never offered details about this feature. During the 2024 Investor Day, the EV startup announced that a new bidirectional wall charger would allow Rivian vehicles to s...

 
EV Brands Tesla, Rivian, and Polestar Rank Last in Increasingly Irrelevant JD Power Study
EV Brands Tesla, Rivian, and Polestar Rank Last in Increasingly Irrelevant JD Power Study

28 Jun 2024, 15:51 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / JD Power released its 2024 US Initial Quality Study with a click-bait title that suggests EVs have major quality problems. However, the study shows how increasingly irrelevant it has become, penalizing brands with the most advanced tech packages an...

 
Rivian Reveals EPA Range Estimates for the Refreshed R1 Ascent Quad EVs
Rivian Reveals EPA Range Estimates for the Refreshed R1 Ascent Quad EVs

28 Jun 2024, 14:12 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian launched the refreshed R1 vehicles on June 6, although it kept many technical details of the Quad-Motor variants under wraps. However, a slide in the Investor Day shareholder deck revealed that the Ascent Quad models would offer up to 350 mi...

 
Ferrari Caught Testing Its First EV Mule at Maranello in Maserati Levante Disguise
Ferrari Caught Testing Its First EV Mule at Maranello in Maserati Levante Disguise

28 Jun 2024, 09:10 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / The best-kept secret in the auto industry is about to be revealed, as Ferrari was caught testing a mule of its first electric sports car. The pictures that surfaced on social media might be deceiving, considering the prototype is hidden beneath a M...

 
Volvo Parent Geely Launches LFP 'Short Blade' Battery That Puts Industry Leaders To Shame
Volvo Parent Geely Launches LFP 'Short Blade' Battery That Puts Industry Leaders To Shame

27 Jun 2024, 16:45 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / The Li-ion battery industry is dominated by giants like CATL and BYD, but Chinese carmakers also work on their own cells. Geely, the company that owns Volvo and Polestar, has just launched a new LFP battery named Aegis Short Blade, which competes w...

 

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