Elon Musk says Bill Gates has ‘no clue’ about electrical vehicles


San Francisco, September 13

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has hit again on tech billionaire Bill Gates who earlier solid doubt on his potential to develop electrical automobiles for long-haul journey.

Reacting to a Twitter follower who requested Musk about his opinion on Gates’ touch upon the viability of electrical vehicles, Musk replied: “He has no clue”.

Gates wrote in a weblog put up in late August that the issue with long-haul electrical automobiles is that batteries are massive and heavy.

“Even with big breakthroughs in battery technology, electric vehicles will probably never be a practical solution for things like 18-wheelers, cargo ships, and passenger jets. Electricity works when you need to cover short distances, but we need a different solution for heavy, long-haul vehicles,” Gates wrote.

He pointed to biofuels — moderately than battery energy — as a doable answer for industrial automobiles.

On the opposite hand, Musk is fairly enthusiastic about electrical vehicles and has reportedly directed Tesla to ramp up manufacturing of the Semi, a industrial car with a spread of as much as 800 km, for its upcoming debut.

Gates additional mentioned that “you’ll even be able to buy an all-electric pick-up truck soon thanks to legacy companies like GM and Ford and new carmakers like Rivian and Bollinger”.

Microsoft co-founder Gates advised CNBC final month that “Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments”. He was referring to Musk’s touch upon faux Covid-19 optimistic circumstances being reported, not directly questioning the COVID testing means of the US authorities.

“He’s not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he’s allowed to say these things. I hope that he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in too much,” Gates was quoted as saying.

Gates is the world’s second-richest individual whereas Musk is now on the fourth place.

The electrical automotive maker Tesla is about to showcase “many exciting things” at its Battery Day on September 22, Musk has mentioned.–IANS



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