Elon Musk's "Underwhelming" Dig On Bill Gates Buying "Cool" Porsche EV

Ruben Fields
February 19, 2020

While he doesn't directly stipulate why his chats with the Microsoft billionaire were so boring, Business Insider suggests that it probably has something to do with Gates buying an electric Porsche instead of a Tesla.

"My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming [to be honest]", Musk said in response to a tweet from a Tesla enthusiast.

Gates revealed during the interview that he recently purchased an electric Porsche Taycan, with the Turbo S model starting at $185,000.

Gates, the world's second-richest person behind Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, with a US$96.5 billion ($150.9b) fortune, spoke about the future of electric cars and was even full of praise for the Tesla brand.

During the interview, the 64-year-old tech grandee discussed the state of electric cars in general, noting that their range still falls below that of traditional gasoline vehicles. "That's my first electric auto and I'm enjoying it a lot".

"And certainly Tesla, if you had to name one company that's helped drive that, it's them", he said.

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Asked if he thought there was anything that needed improving, Gates said, "I have to say ... the range - you know, if you want to go a long distance, the pervasiveness of recharging, the time to recharge compared to filling up".

Bill Gates has bought his first electric auto and it's a Porsche Taycan.

Musk made the remark after an unofficial Tesla news account expressed disappointment with Gates' recent decision to buy a Porsche Taycan instead of a Tesla.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Bill Gates acknowledged that Tesla is the cream of the crop when it comes to electric cars, adding that lots of manufacturers are moving to produce electric vehicles because Tesla's appeal has been increased over the past few years.

Said Gates: "Now all the vehicle companies, including some new ones, are moving super fast to do electric cars".

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