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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.
Tesla FSD V12.4.2 Is Tested Internally, Could Reach Wider Fleet This Weekend
Tesla FSD V12.4.2 Is Tested Internally, Could Reach Wider Fleet This Weekend

27 Jun 2024, 10:36 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Elon Musk promised that FSD V12.4 would mark a breakthrough in Tesla's self-driving software, bringing up to 10X improvements in miles per intervention. However, the software is treading water after Tesla has completely retrained the models in...

 
Vandalized Tesla Cybertrucks in Florida Have Been Wiped Clean, Still Awaiting Delivery
Vandalized Tesla Cybertrucks in Florida Have Been Wiped Clean, Still Awaiting Delivery

26 Jun 2024, 16:08 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Last week, all the Cybertrucks awaiting delivery at a Tesla delivery center in Florida were spray-painted with a strong anti-Elon Musk message. Although fans wanted this to become a special edition, Tesla decided to wipe them clean. However, the tr...

 
Rivian Deal Could Help Volkswagen Leapfrog US Competition With Scout EVs
Rivian Deal Could Help Volkswagen Leapfrog US Competition With Scout EVs

26 Jun 2024, 14:41 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Volkswagen is set to launch the first EVs bearing the iconic Scout lettering in 2026. Although no electric truck platform exists in the carmaker's portfolio, Volkswagen could use the recently announced partnership with Rivian. Scout's two...

 
Rimac Steals Every One of Elon Musk's Robotaxi Ideas and Turns Them Into Verne
Rimac Steals Every One of Elon Musk's Robotaxi Ideas and Turns Them Into Verne

26 Jun 2024, 12:57 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / A couple of days ago, Mate Rimac teased an upcoming robotaxi service, surprising almost everyone. The official announcement shows a driverless car design that looks surprisingly similar to Tesla's robotaxi. Not only is the car's design si...

 
Tesla Confuses US Customers With Two Battery Options for the Model 3 and Model Y
Tesla Confuses US Customers With Two Battery Options for the Model 3 and Model Y

25 Jun 2024, 16:16 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla diversified its US battery suppliers and is offering the Long Range Model 3 and Model Y with two different battery packs. Customers who qualify for the federal tax credit will get Panasonic batteries, while those who don't will get LG ba...

 
Massive Cost Savings Will Make Rivian Profitable, but Second Quarter Will Be Messy
Massive Cost Savings Will Make Rivian Profitable, but Second Quarter Will Be Messy

25 Jun 2024, 14:28 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian launched the re-engineered R1 lineup earlier this month with the main goal of cutting costs and making the company profitable. Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe explained the cost-cutting measures that will result in a 35% reduction in vehicle manufact...

 
Tesla Is Again Offering Free FSD Transfer This Summer, Cybertruck Owners Tempted
Tesla Is Again Offering Free FSD Transfer This Summer, Cybertruck Owners Tempted

25 Jun 2024, 09:57 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / When Tesla sales slowed last year, one of the most successful incentives was to allow owners of older vehicles to transfer the FSD license to a new car. Although Elon Musk said this would be a one-time offer, Tesla offered free FSD transfers again ...

 
Battery Manufacturers Jump on the 4680 Cell Bandwagon, Will Tesla Exit the Market?
Battery Manufacturers Jump on the 4680 Cell Bandwagon, Will Tesla Exit the Market?

24 Jun 2024, 15:56 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla has been rumored to give up 4680 cell production and rely on third-party suppliers if it can't produce the bigger cells cost-effectively. A new report from Korea indicates that local battery manufacturers are ready to mass produce cylind...

 
Tesla Enthusiast Test Drives Refreshed Rivian R1S, Walks Away 'Super Impressed'
Tesla Enthusiast Test Drives Refreshed Rivian R1S, Walks Away 'Super Impressed'

24 Jun 2024, 14:48 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Earlier this month, Rivian announced a vastly improved R1 lineup, thanks to a reengineered drive train, an updated software platform, and a more refined suspension. Zack, who test-drove the 2025 Rivian R1S, confirmed the refreshed model is every bi...

 
EV Year at Pikes Peak: Ford Breaks Mid-Race but Still Wins, Hyundai and Rivian Kill It
EV Year at Pikes Peak: Ford Breaks Mid-Race but Still Wins, Hyundai and Rivian Kill It

24 Jun 2024, 12:22 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / This year's Pikes Peak race showed that electric vehicles are a mainstay of auto competitions despite some obvious shortcomings. Although no Tesla ran the Pikes this year, its spirit was present as Randy Pobst explained why Hyundai did so well...

 
You'll Soon Be Able To Buy Aftermarket Stalks for the Refreshed Tesla Model 3
You'll Soon Be Able To Buy Aftermarket Stalks for the Refreshed Tesla Model 3

23 Jun 2024, 02:18 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / When people got the first glimpse inside the cockpit of a refreshed Model 3 prototype, they first noticed the stalkless design. The production model didn't change anything in this regard, causing many customers to question Tesla's choice....

 
Fisker Ocean Owners Left Holding the Bag After the Company Filed for Bankruptcy Protection
Fisker Ocean Owners Left Holding the Bag After the Company Filed for Bankruptcy Protection

22 Jun 2024, 21:18 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / On June 17, Fisker finally admitted its difficult situation and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. While this could offer it some breathing room while ensuring the creditors can recover some of their money, there's no real protection ...

 
R1 Refresh Features Coming to Existing Rivian Vehicles in Future Software Updates
R1 Refresh Features Coming to Existing Rivian Vehicles in Future Software Updates

22 Jun 2024, 11:31 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Earlier this month, Rivian finally unveiled the revamped R1 models everyone was waiting for. Despite subtle design changes, the R1S and R1T have been significantly improved under the skin. Rivian promised that some of the new features launched on t...

 
Someone Sent a Strong Message to Elon Musk on Dozens of Cybertrucks Awaiting Delivery
Someone Sent a Strong Message to Elon Musk on Dozens of Cybertrucks Awaiting Delivery

22 Jun 2024, 09:27 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Many people have taken notice of Elon Musk's new-found love for politics and conspiracy theories, and not all can ignore this. Someone left the Tesla CEO a strong message spray-painted on dozens of Tesla Cybertrucks awaiting delivery at a Serv...

 
Tesla Cybertruck Charging Performance Will Get a Much-Needed Boost With Upcoming Update
Tesla Cybertruck Charging Performance Will Get a Much-Needed Boost With Upcoming Update

21 Jun 2024, 16:23 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla Cybertruck has impressive technologies that wowed engineers and fans but also suffered from teething problems that annoyed many owners. Among the most criticized has been the Cybertruck's charging performance, which makes the electric pi...

 
Rivian Launches Native ABRP Integration in Its Vehicles, Everyone Benefits
Rivian Launches Native ABRP Integration in Its Vehicles, Everyone Benefits

21 Jun 2024, 15:19 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian acquired the ABRP app in 2023 and is now launching native integration with Rivian vehicles, being able to pull real-time driving data from your car to calculate charging stops. The phone app has also been updated to the 5.0 version, now offe...

 
New Bugatti Tourbillon vs Rimac Nevera Comparison: Emotions Over Reason
New Bugatti Tourbillon vs Rimac Nevera Comparison: Emotions Over Reason

21 Jun 2024, 12:35 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Bugatti took a radical approach to reimagine the hypercar with the remarkable Tourbillon, a masterpiece of style and technology. The first model developed entirely under the supervision of Mate Rimac and his team, the Bugatti Tourbillon will have t...

 
Tesla Prepares To Start In-House Production of LFP Cells, Lines Up Suppliers
Tesla Prepares To Start In-House Production of LFP Cells, Lines Up Suppliers

20 Jun 2024, 14:29 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rumors indicate that Tesla might start in-house production of LFP cells in Nevada using equipment and technology from CATL. A new report about a lithium carbonate supply deal seems to confirm this theory. Lithium carbonate is used to produce LFP ce...

 
SpaceX Has Officially Started Selling Starlink Mini, but It's Far From Affordable
SpaceX Has Officially Started Selling Starlink Mini, but It's Far From Affordable

20 Jun 2024, 13:08 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Musk promised that the compact Starlink Mini kit would be "about half the price" of the Standard kit, which costs $499. However, as the smaller dish went on sale on Wednesday to select customers, it turned out even more expensive, at $599...

 
Little Girl Trapped Inside Tesla Shows the Dangers of Electrical Door Release Systems
Little Girl Trapped Inside Tesla Shows the Dangers of Electrical Door Release Systems

20 Jun 2024, 12:05 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / A grandmother had to call firefighters to rescue her granddaughter, who remained trapped inside a Tesla EV with a dead 12-volt battery. Because there was no way to open the doors from the outside without power, they had no better solution than to b...

 

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