Russ Mitchell

Writer

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

  • Bolt EV helps boost electric car sales by 91% in California

    Bolt EV helps boost electric car sales by 91% in California

    Some good news for electric-car optimists: Sales of EVs in California rose 91% in the first quarter of 2017 from the same period last year. Pessimists will focus on total units: Only 13,804 pure electrics were sold across California. Sales for all cars and light trucks totaled 506,745, according...

  • Hint to electric car dealers: Charge up before the test drive if you want the sale

    Hint to electric car dealers: Charge up before the test drive if you want the sale

    To Oscar Gutierrez, electric cars are a “no-brainer.” “Like, seriously,” he said, his arms outstretched, an incredulous look on his face. “You can drive and not use gas. The state gives you money to buy it. What else could you want?” No surprise, Gutierrez sells electric cars. A sales manager at...

  • Driverless cars are the future, and the ugly battle to dominate the field is on

    Driverless cars are the future, and the ugly battle to dominate the field is on

    It’s big. It’s nasty. It’s the fight for dominance in the burgeoning market for driverless cars — and the service they’ll provide. Alliances are forming. Competitors are bulking up. The gloves are coming off. There are accusations of subterfuge. On Monday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup slapped...

  • Court restricts Uber actions in driverless-tech theft case

    Court restricts Uber actions in driverless-tech theft case

    After suggesting the U.S. Department of Justice consider a criminal investigation of Uber in a trade secrets theft case, a federal judge on Monday ordered the ride hailing company to stop the man accused of the theft from work on the technology at issue. The order stems from a lawsuit filed by...

  • Waymo and Lyft team up on technology for driverless cars

    Waymo and Lyft team up on technology for driverless cars

    If the future of transportation is centered on driverless vehicles available to passengers on demand, its first industry powerhouse may have just been hatched. Waymo and Lyft confirmed Sunday they’ve signed a deal to collaborate on autonomous technology through pilot projects and product development....

  • Toyota to use Nvidia chips for autonomous cars

    Toyota to use Nvidia chips for autonomous cars

    Nvidia, the hot graphics chip company that’s moving quickly into new markets, said Toyota would be using its chips and software in the carmaker’s autonomous vehicles. Tesla already uses Nvidia chips to process the artificial intelligence software that guides its Autopilot technology. Toyota joins...

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