Russ Mitchell

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Russ Mitchell covers the rapidly changing global auto industry, with special emphasis on California, including Tesla, electric vehicles and driverless cars. The Times’ former technology editor, he’s worked on staff at publications ranging from Business Week to Wired. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Vannevar Bush Fellow. Mitchell still drives his black 2000 Audi TT, the rare smooth-backed version manufactured before lawyers made the company attach a spoiler.

Recent Articles

  • EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements before Trump takes office

    EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements before Trump takes office

    The Environmental Protection Agency could have waited until April of next year to set fuel economy standards for cars and passenger trucks in stone. Instead, it did so Friday — exactly a week before President-elect Donald J. Trump is to be sworn into office. The rules, announced Friday, require...

  • Trump's tweets are a new challenge for carmakers

    Trump's tweets are a new challenge for carmakers

    Donald Trump has made it clear: He doesn’t like automakers building cars in Mexico and exporting them to the U.S. It’s uncertain how automobile trade policy will change under the incoming Trump administration. But one thing’s for sure: Whenever an automaker creates a new job in the U.S., it’s going...

  • Ford's Bronco SUV and Ranger pickup truck are coming back

    Ford's Bronco SUV and Ranger pickup truck are coming back

    A blast from the past: Ford is bringing back the Bronco and the Ranger. The Bronco is a truck-style 4x4 sport utility vehicle that was discontinued 20 years ago. It’s best known as the vehicle O.J. Simpson drove in an infamous 1994 police chase after he failed to appear for arrest in connection...

  • Nissan plans to make robot cars; human 'mobility managers' will intervene when needed

    Nissan plans to make robot cars; human 'mobility managers' will intervene when needed

    Nissan is the latest in a now long line of automobile companies to go public with plans — sketchy as they may be — for autonomous cars. The Japanese company will begin testing driverless cars in Japan and put them into commercial operation by 2020, according to Carlos Ghosn, who spoke at the Consumer...

  • Troubled Faraday Future unveils a 'new species' of automobile. Is it already extinct?

    Troubled Faraday Future unveils a 'new species' of automobile. Is it already extinct?

    You may have heard about the exotic new super-fast, highly connected, ultra-luxury electric car called the FF91.  It’s more than a car, says its maker, Faraday Future: It’s “the first of a new species” that combines green transportation, autonomous mobility and top-flight digital entertainment....

  • Tesla begins churning out battery cells at Nevada Gigafactory

    Tesla begins churning out battery cells at Nevada Gigafactory

    Batteries are crucial to the future of Tesla, best known as a car company but currently transforming itself into an ambitious alternative energy provider. On Wednesday, the company and its partner, Panasonic, announced the start of mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at Tesla’s giant Nevada...

  • Auto sales expected to match last year's record, but may be plateauing

    Auto sales expected to match last year's record, but may be plateauing

    Growth and vitality: For seven years, that has been the central story for the U.S. auto industry. That story’s coming to an end — the growth part, anyway. Final numbers are due Jan. 3, but 2016 figures for unit sales of light motor vehicles are expected to come in right around last year’s total...

  • The time is right to buy a used car

    The time is right to buy a used car

    Looking for a deal on a used car? Now’s a good time to buy. After years of climbing higher, used-car prices have been heading down. This year used-car prices declined about 4% on average compared with 2015, and the trend may continue for another year or two, industry watchers said.  “This is the...

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