- Tesla CEO Elon Musk tossed Bill Gates, saying he had “no idea” about the viability of electric trucks.
- Musk responded in response to a Twitter user who asked what he thought of Gates’ statement that electric vehicles were not practical for long-distance travel.
- Gates wrote in an August post: “Electricity works when you have to travel short distances, but we need a different solution for heavy long-distance vehicles.”
- Tesla introduced its semi-truck in 2017, but is two years behind its original delivery schedule for 2019.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has criticized fellow billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates for his views on the viability of larger electric vehicles.
Asked by a Twitter user on Saturday what he thought of Gates̵
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2020
Gates outlined his thoughts on electric vehicles in a blog post on Aug. 24, writing that “better and cheaper batteries … hopefully make EVs a realistic option for any car owner.”
But he questioned whether current or even future battery technology could be increased to power larger cars.
Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, writes: “Even with major breakthroughs in battery technology, electric vehicles will probably never be a practical solution for things like 18-wheelers, cargo ships and passenger planes. Electricity works when you need to cover short distances, but we need a different solution for heavy vehicles with long distances. “
Gates went on to say that alternative fuels such as biofuels or electric fuels could be a better, more environmentally friendly way to power larger vehicles such as trucks. According to him, the batteries are too big and heavy for longer distances.
Gates also praised several vehicle manufacturers for producing all-electric pickups, such as GM, Ford, Rivian and Bollinger, but failed to mention Tesla, the maker of the Cybertruck pickup.
It so happened that Musk’s company was also working on an electric truck. The Tesla Semi was introduced in 2017 and was due to be delivered to customers in 2019. But the vehicle is two years behind schedule, with Tesla now expecting to deliver it to its owners in 2021.
it’s not the first time the two billionaires have clashed. Gates criticized Musk’s inaccurate public comments about COVID-19.
In February, meanwhile, Musk said his previous talks with Gates were “crushing” after a Microsoft billionaire revealed that his first electric car was not a Tesla but a Porsche Taycan.