Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has revealed in an interview with tech reviewer Marques’MKBHD Brownlee that he has bought his first electric car, Porsche Taycan, but believes there is still a major obstacle to its use,media reported. As one of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates now spends most of his time doing charity work on climate change and global health.
Discussing with Brownlee, Gates explained that with the growing popularity of electric vehicles, electric vehicles are one of the most optimistic areas for reducing emissions.
The business tycoon said many carmakers were producing electric cars “superfast”. “I just bought a Porsche Taycan, it’s an electric car, and I have to say, it’s a premium car, but it’s very, very cool. This is my first electric car, I like it very much. “
But, Brownlee points out, the price of electric cars will deter many. Bill Gates explains that the main problem for electric vehicles is the range.
“If you’re travelling long distances, charging is unavoidable, and it takes longer to fill a tank of gasoline, ” he said. “
Gates continued: “The energy consumed every minute when refueling is a little incredible. Gasoline has 30 times the energy density of current lithium batteries. “
But Gates believes that in addition to the benefits of the environment, electric cars have other benefits. Gates stressed that it lowers maintenance costs, but also saves a lot of oil costs and so on. However, many electric vehicles are also expensive to cover, and their base price is still much higher than that of internal combustion engines.