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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 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...

 
Tesla Cybertruck Might Be Bulletproof, but the Windshield Is Its Achilles Heel
Tesla Cybertruck Might Be Bulletproof, but the Windshield Is Its Achilles Heel

20 Jun 2024, 09:58 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla has promoted the Cybertruck as a tough, "Apocalypse-ready" pickup truck, thanks to its bulletproof exoskeleton and "armor glass" windows. However, it appears that the Cybertruck has a weak spot, and that is its massive win...

 
Thieves Unsuccessfully Try To Break Into a Tesla, Sentry Mode Says 'Smile for the Camera'
Thieves Unsuccessfully Try To Break Into a Tesla, Sentry Mode Says 'Smile for the Camera'

19 Jun 2024, 16:07 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Messing with a Tesla is always a bad idea, considering all the cameras watching your every move. However, many people still don't know that, even though Teslas have become common. Two thieves were caught on camera while trying, with no success...

 
Tesla Model Y Is the Most American-Made Car for the Third Consecutive Year
Tesla Model Y Is the Most American-Made Car for the Third Consecutive Year

19 Jun 2024, 14:21 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Cars.com has announced the 2024 American-made Index, and the Model Y is again at the top, thanks to Tesla's strong manufacturing in the US. However, other Tesla models have ranked lower, with the Model 3 slipping to 21st. Although the Cybertru...

 
2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Is the Brand's First EV Produced in the US at the New Georgia Plant
2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Is the Brand's First EV Produced in the US at the New Georgia Plant

19 Jun 2024, 10:28 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Hyundai jumps on the "Made in the USA" bandwagon with the Ioniq 5 poised to become its first electric car produced in the US. In October, the redesigned 2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 will roll out of Hyundai's new Metaplant America in Bryan C...

 
With Master Plan Part Deux Still a Work in Progress, Elon Musk Teases Master Plan 4
With Master Plan Part Deux Still a Work in Progress, Elon Musk Teases Master Plan 4

18 Jun 2024, 15:55 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Elon Musk outlined Tesla's brilliant Master Plan in August 2006, describing the strategy toward sustainable mobility. Since then, Musk has refined Tesla's objectives in Master Plan, Part Deux, and commissioned a Master Plan 3 for the whol...

 
Refreshed Tesla Model 3 LR Now Qualifies for the Full $7,500 Tax Credit, Starts at $39,990
Refreshed Tesla Model 3 LR Now Qualifies for the Full $7,500 Tax Credit, Starts at $39,990

18 Jun 2024, 12:12 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla announced that the Long Range variant of the refreshed Model 3 is now eligible for the full $7,500 tax credit. With the point-of-sale credit, the Model 3 Long Range price now starts at $39,990, making it once again a worthy choice in Tesla�...

 
It's Game Over for Fisker: The Embattled EV Startup Files for Bankruptcy, Sells All Assets
It's Game Over for Fisker: The Embattled EV Startup Files for Bankruptcy, Sells All Assets

18 Jun 2024, 09:53 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Fisker has been dodging the inevitable for months after it burned through cash while its vehicles have proven a hard sell. The EV startup filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware, a move that was anticipated a long time ago. Fisker is looking to...

 
Software Update With R1 Refresh Features Coming to Existing Rivian Vehicles
Software Update With R1 Refresh Features Coming to Existing Rivian Vehicles

17 Jun 2024, 17:17 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / As anticipated by Rivian fans, the EV startup is preparing to show some well-deserved love to existing R1S and R1T vehicles. The 2024.19 software update includes the refreshed user interface graphics with 3D Cel Shading, new suspension software, an...

 

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