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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 Finally Turns On Support for Matrix-LED Adaptive Headlights in the US and Canada
Tesla Finally Turns On Support for Matrix-LED Adaptive Headlights in the US and Canada

4 Jun 2024, 09:05 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla unexpectedly announced support for matrix-LED adaptive headlight functions in the US, Canada, and Mexico with the software update 2024.20. The move has irked FSD users, who can't update their cars to this software version. Tesla has ...

 
Tesla Did a Lousy Job, So Cybertruck Owners Are Fixing the Loose Roofline Trim Themselves
Tesla Did a Lousy Job, So Cybertruck Owners Are Fixing the Loose Roofline Trim Themselves

3 Jun 2024, 18:30 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla Cybertruck remains a hot commodity, forcing Tesla to speed up manufacturing with little regard to quality control. New owners reported build-quality issues, including detaching body panels when the bolts that fasten them become loose. One Cyb...

 
Japanese Car Industry in Shambles As Toyota, Mazda, Admit to Faking Safety Tests
Japanese Car Industry in Shambles As Toyota, Mazda, Admit to Faking Safety Tests

3 Jun 2024, 15:42 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / The Japanese auto industry is shaken by a new scandal after Toyota, Mazda, and Yamaha have been discovered to have faked their safety data. Deliveries of six models, including three manufactured by Toyota, have been halted. This is the second safet...

 
Cybertruck Rodeo 2024 Caravan Looks Like an Alien Invasion, Trucks Got Properly Abused
Cybertruck Rodeo 2024 Caravan Looks Like an Alien Invasion, Trucks Got Properly Abused

3 Jun 2024, 14:24 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Cybertruck owners across the US gathered in Gatesville, Texas, to mark the six-month anniversary of Tesla's electric pickup truck. Over 75 Cybertrucks and 500 people attended the event to meet one another, show off their trucks, and abuse them...

 
2025 Rivian R1S Strikes a Pose Next to Its Older Sibling, Offering Comparison Opportunity
2025 Rivian R1S Strikes a Pose Next to Its Older Sibling, Offering Comparison Opportunity

3 Jun 2024, 10:50 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian is rumored to announce the 2025 R1S and R1T models this week, and new information surfaced in the past week. For the first time, we get to see the refreshed R1S alongside the 2023 model, offering a great opportunity to see what's change...

 
Driven: 2025 Porsche Taycan – Thrifty Doesn't Mean Boring for This Entry-Level Luxury EV
Driven: 2025 Porsche Taycan – Thrifty Doesn't Mean Boring for This Entry-Level Luxury EV

1 Jun 2024, 22:38 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Porsche refreshed the Taycan for the 2025 model year, and the updates transcend the optics, leaving deep marks on its performance. Even the entry-level Taycan with rear-wheel drive is a mean machine thanks to a healthy tech infusion and meaningful ...

 
Innovative Water-Based Battery Has Almost Twice the Energy Density of Classic Li-Ion Cells
Innovative Water-Based Battery Has Almost Twice the Energy Density of Classic Li-Ion Cells

31 May 2024, 22:38 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Aqueous batteries are much safer than traditional Li-ion cells but generally have a lower energy density. However, a team of researchers in China invented a new water-based battery that is almost twice as energy-dense as traditional Li-ion cells. ...

 
China To Ban One-Pedal Driving Mode That Was Widely Blamed for Tesla SUA Crashes
China To Ban One-Pedal Driving Mode That Was Widely Blamed for Tesla SUA Crashes

31 May 2024, 15:33 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / The owners have appreciated Tesla's one-pedal driving mode, although the feature was often blamed for confusing drivers and leading to sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) crashes. Chinese authorities forced Tesla to make the Creep stopping mo...

 
Rivian Service Employee Reveals Exciting Information About the Refreshed R1 EVs
Rivian Service Employee Reveals Exciting Information About the Refreshed R1 EVs

31 May 2024, 10:27 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian is rumored to announce the revamped R1S and R1T models during the Electric Summer Kick-Off event on June 6. We've already discussed the new models' features, but a recent discussion with a Rivian employee offered more context. Alth...

 
Tesla Supercharger Team Disbanding Delays NACS Adoption for Other Carmakers
Tesla Supercharger Team Disbanding Delays NACS Adoption for Other Carmakers

31 May 2024, 08:50 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla fired its entire Supercharger team in April, surprising everyone. Now, the EV maker is unable to supply the NACS to CCS adapters that allow non-Tesla EVs to access Tesla Superchargers. Among those affected are GM and Polestar, which confirmed...

 
Genesis Rumored To Use Lucid's Electric Motors for Future Luxury Electric Convertible
Genesis Rumored To Use Lucid's Electric Motors for Future Luxury Electric Convertible

30 May 2024, 17:41 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Lucid Motors might be the supplier of electric motors for the upcoming production version of the Genesis X Convertible Concept. Rumors indicate that Hyundai Motor is in advanced talks with Lucid Motors, although neither company has confirmed or den...

 
Jeep Will Launch a $25,000 EV in the US Sooner Than You Think
Jeep Will Launch a $25,000 EV in the US Sooner Than You Think

30 May 2024, 15:47 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Stellantis is the last of the Detroit Three to bring an electric vehicle to the US market, although it didn't lack plans. In a CNBC interview, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares confirmed that a $25,000 all-electric Jeep will launch in the US "...

 
Rumors Indicate That Rivian Will Launch the Refreshed R1S and R1T on June 6
Rumors Indicate That Rivian Will Launch the Refreshed R1S and R1T on June 6

30 May 2024, 12:27 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian is expected to announce the launch of the 2025 R1S and R1T models this summer. Sources at Rivian unofficially confirmed that this will happen sooner than expected, on June 6. The EV startup plans to make the announcement during the Electric ...

 
Tesla Cybertruck Owner Ends Up in ER After Cutting His Wrist in the Truck's Side Panel
Tesla Cybertruck Owner Ends Up in ER After Cutting His Wrist in the Truck's Side Panel

28 May 2024, 16:38 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla Cybertruck has a unique design, and it's full to the brim with tech, but its stainless steel body panels can be dangerous if you're not paying attention. One Cybertruck owner discovered this during delivery after slicing his writs o...

 
You Can't Use Ferries in Greece if Your Electric Car Has More Than 40 Percent Battery
You Can't Use Ferries in Greece if Your Electric Car Has More Than 40 Percent Battery

28 May 2024, 11:46 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / The world is leaning towards battery-powered vehicles, although Greece doesn't acknowledge that. A new regulation from the Greek Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy mandates that EVs and plug-ins can't board a ferry unless their high-v...

 
Tesla Firmware Hints at Software-Capped Model 3 and Model Y Variants
Tesla Firmware Hints at Software-Capped Model 3 and Model Y Variants

27 May 2024, 17:00 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla is preparing to offer software-capped versions of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y in certain markets, as revealed by a recent firmware decompiling. Tesla plans to limit the power of the Model 3 to 110 kW, while the Model Y will be software-capp...

 
New R1 Paint Color and Interior Options Pricing Leaks While Rivian Exhausts 2023 Inventory
New R1 Paint Color and Interior Options Pricing Leaks While Rivian Exhausts 2023 Inventory

27 May 2024, 15:24 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Rivian is very close to launching the refresh variants of the R1S and R1T, as it started a sales campaign to clear inventory of older models. The incentives and discounts offered did their jobs, as 2023 models have disappeared from inventory. In th...

 
The Tesla Cybertruck Attracts a Lot of Attention and It's Not Always a Good Thing
The Tesla Cybertruck Attracts a Lot of Attention and It's Not Always a Good Thing

27 May 2024, 11:54 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Tesla Cybertruck is a polarizing vehicle, as many owners have discovered. While some were flattered by the attention they got, others were annoyed. This is especially true for those involved in road rage incidents for no reason other than driving a...

 
Tesla Forbids Cybertruck Owner To Resell His Truck After It Didn't Fit Inside Building
Tesla Forbids Cybertruck Owner To Resell His Truck After It Didn't Fit Inside Building

27 May 2024, 09:13 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / A Tesla Cybertruck owner discovered that the truck would not fit inside the building, so he tried to resell it. He went the official way to satisfy the no-resale clause in the sales contract, asking Tesla for permission. However, Tesla would not bu...

 
Tesla Impact Report: Everything That's Going On at Elon Musk's Company
Tesla Impact Report: Everything That's Going On at Elon Musk's Company

25 May 2024, 21:18 UTC · By: Cristian Agatie / Despite the many setbacks in 2024, Tesla continues to be a lighthouse of sustainability in the automotive industry. However, the slowing demand for electric vehicles and high inflation put immense pressure on its operation. Tesla is more than just ...

 

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