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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.
The Model Y Air Mattress Might Be Tesla's Hottest Accessory Right Now
The Model Y Air Mattress Might Be Tesla's Hottest Accessory Right Now

13 Jun 2024, 14:41 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla has listed an air mattress for the Model Y in its online shop for $225. This proved one of the most popular accessories, as owners flocked to buy one. Moments after it was listed, the mattress was already sold out. Tesla added new inventory, ...

 
Waymo Forced To Recall Its Robotaxis Because They Kept Hitting Telephone Poles
Waymo Forced To Recall Its Robotaxis Because They Kept Hitting Telephone Poles

13 Jun 2024, 10:56 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Waymo was forced to issue its second recall ever after one of its robotaxis in Phoenix, Arizona, hit a telephone pole, and another car stuck behind it moments later. The problem showed that relying on high-definition maps for autonomous driving mig...

 
Xiaomi SU7 Is the Latest Challenger to the Porsche Taycan's Nürburgring Record
Xiaomi SU7 Is the Latest Challenger to the Porsche Taycan's Nürburgring Record

11 Jun 2024, 17:41 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Xiaomi surprised everyone with its first electric vehicle, launched in March, but the real surprise was that it proved a real success. As the production of the SU7 sedan has yet to quench the incredible demand, Xiaomi is already thinking of making ...

 
Rivian Has Begun Replacing Faulty Wireless Charging Pads in First-Gen R1 Vehicles
Rivian Has Begun Replacing Faulty Wireless Charging Pads in First-Gen R1 Vehicles

11 Jun 2024, 15:57 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / One of the biggest blunders Rivian made with the R1 vehicles (besides the powered tonneau cover) was the faulty wireless charging pad. Rivian's CEO promised that an updated phone charger would come with the R1 refresh, and it could also be ret...

 
Elon Musk Starts War With Apple Over ChatGPT Integration, Threatens To Ban iPhones
Elon Musk Starts War With Apple Over ChatGPT Integration, Threatens To Ban iPhones

11 Jun 2024, 10:44 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Apple announced a major AI push with iOS 18, with Apple Intelligence deeply integrated at the OS level. However, Elon Musk was rattled by Apple's decision to partner with OpenAI for a deeper ChatGPT integration. Tesla's CEO threatened to ...

 
Scientists Developed a Self-Extinguishing Electrolyte That Can Prevent Battery Fires
Scientists Developed a Self-Extinguishing Electrolyte That Can Prevent Battery Fires

10 Jun 2024, 19:07 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Battery fires are rare, but when they happen, they require enormous amounts of firefighting resources. The problem is caused by the flammable electrolyte, which can generate its own oxygen in a thermal runaway reaction. Scientists at Clemson Univer...

 
2024 Tesla Model 3 Performance Drag Races the 2021 Model, It's Not Even Close
2024 Tesla Model 3 Performance Drag Races the 2021 Model, It's Not Even Close

10 Jun 2024, 16:24 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / The refreshed Tesla Model 3 Performance packs more punch than the previous model. However, it takes a direct comparison to understand the difference, and the best one is on the drag strip. Guys at Model 3 Challenge have pitted the 2024 Model 3 Perf...

 
Elon Musk Pours Cold Water on Rumors About the Refreshed Tesla Model Y Launching Soon
Elon Musk Pours Cold Water on Rumors About the Refreshed Tesla Model Y Launching Soon

10 Jun 2024, 10:20 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / In September 2023, Tesla launched the refreshed Model 3 in Europe and Asia, with the US variant landing four months later. Many thought that a redesigned Model Y would not be far behind, with rumors indicating that production might start this summe...

 
Tesla FSD V12.4.1 Doesn't Live up to the Hype, Still Praised for Removing the Steering Nag
Tesla FSD V12.4.1 Doesn't Live up to the Hype, Still Praised for Removing the Steering Nag

9 Jun 2024, 10:59 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / The much-hyped version 12.4 of Tesla's Full Self-Driving software has been finally shipped to owners. According to Elon Musk, this should bring major improvements thanks to completely retrained models. However, the people who tested the new bu...

 
2025 Rivian R1S/R1T and the Most Important Changes Introduced for the Refreshed Models
2025 Rivian R1S/R1T and the Most Important Changes Introduced for the Refreshed Models

8 Jun 2024, 21:34 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian has announced the much-hyped refreshed R1 models that it's been talking about for the past year. The 2025 R1T and R1S sport subtle design changes but have been completely overhauled underneath the skin. Here are the most important chang...

 
Toyota Finds Solution To Rejuvenate Used Li-Ion Batteries, It's Game Over for ICE Vehicles
Toyota Finds Solution To Rejuvenate Used Li-Ion Batteries, It's Game Over for ICE Vehicles

7 Jun 2024, 21:18 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Li-ion batteries used in electric vehicles are designed for long service life but will eventually lose capacity and need replacement. A group of researchers at Toyota Central R&D Labs in Japan found a simple way to reverse the aging process and...

 
Rivian Steps Up Its Software Game and Offers Advanced Connectivity With the R1 Refresh
Rivian Steps Up Its Software Game and Offers Advanced Connectivity With the R1 Refresh

7 Jun 2024, 16:40 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian has always been praised for its timely software updates, with many comparing it to Tesla, the pioneer of over-the-air updates. With the 2025 R1T and R1S launch, the EV startup has significantly improved its software and is preparing to launc...

 
Rivian Is Betting Big on Autonomous Driving With Its Upgraded Autonomy Platform
Rivian Is Betting Big on Autonomous Driving With Its Upgraded Autonomy Platform

7 Jun 2024, 10:39 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian has stepped up its software game with the launch of the refreshed R1S and R1T, aiming to catch up with Tesla. The new Autonomy platform introduces features that mirror Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot, but it can also evolve thanks to end-to-...

 
Video Showing Tesla Cybertruck Steer-by-Wire Lag Splits the Internet in Two
Video Showing Tesla Cybertruck Steer-by-Wire Lag Splits the Internet in Two

6 Jun 2024, 17:12 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / One of the Tesla Cybertruck's highlights is its unique steer-by-wire system. Tesla claims it responds quicker to the steering wheel movements, making the truck more agile. However, a recent video shared on social media shows the Cybertruck...

 
Tesla Cybertruck Owner Lists His Truck for $77,000, Changes His Mind the Next Day
Tesla Cybertruck Owner Lists His Truck for $77,000, Changes His Mind the Next Day

6 Jun 2024, 13:51 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla hoped to turn the Cybertruck into North America's best-selling electric pickup truck. Even if it succeeds, the market for electric pickup trucks might not be big enough to justify the money invested into the Cybertruck. The electric pick...

 
Tesla Released FSD V12.4.1 to Employees, but Customers Have Already Lost Patience
Tesla Released FSD V12.4.1 to Employees, but Customers Have Already Lost Patience

6 Jun 2024, 12:37 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla made significant progress with its Full Self Driving software in May when Elon Musk offered details about FSD V12.4 and subsequent versions. However, the update failed to materialize due to some unexpected bugs. Now, Tesla has released a new ...

 
DMV Data Reveals That Tesla Cybertruck Production Is Not Ramping Up As Expected
DMV Data Reveals That Tesla Cybertruck Production Is Not Ramping Up As Expected

6 Jun 2024, 09:57 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / In January, Tesla dismissed claims that the limited 4680 cell output might be holding back Cybertruck production. Three months later, it revealed that it builds roughly 1,000 trucks per week, which seems like a respectable figure considering the ea...

 
Rivian Will Race a Refreshed R1T Truck at Pikes Peak, the Prototype Reveals New Details
Rivian Will Race a Refreshed R1T Truck at Pikes Peak, the Prototype Reveals New Details

5 Jun 2024, 14:17 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian prepares to start selling the refreshed R1 lineup, with an official announcement expected on Thursday. The EV startup will run a refreshed R1T at Pikes Peak to mark the sales debut, hoping for a new victory. The prototype revealed new detail...

 
Tesla Cybertruck vs. RAM 3500 Tug-of-War Still Raises a Few Questions
Tesla Cybertruck vs. RAM 3500 Tug-of-War Still Raises a Few Questions

5 Jun 2024, 11:47 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tug-of-war is such a truck thing to do, and the Cybertruck was no exception. A few days after Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck in 2019, Elon Musk tweeted a video of the Cybertruck tug-of-war against a diesel Ford F-150. However, the video has been con...

 
Musk Accused of Hijacking Nvidia AI Chips Destined for Tesla Data Center, CEO Explains Why
Musk Accused of Hijacking Nvidia AI Chips Destined for Tesla Data Center, CEO Explains Why

4 Jun 2024, 17:06 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / A new scandal is brewing involving Elon Musk, as a recent report shows that the Tesla CEO told Nvidia to ship thousands of AI chips to X and x.AI instead of Tesla. Musk has an explanation for this move, but this doesn't mean it will be easy to...

 

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