Musk has big plans for Tesla Semi, the car manufacturer’s electric trucks, and confirmed earlier this summer that the truck would be put into series production. He also has big plans for aircraft with electric motors in the coming years.
Gates thinks electric vehicles are positive in terms of climate, but claims that we will not see large trucks and planes with electric motors in the future.
The Microsoft founder believes the problem is that the batteries are large and heavy. The more weight you try to move, the more batteries you need to power the vehicle. But the more batteries you use, the more weight you put on and therefore you need more power.
– Even with major breakthroughs in battery technology, electronic 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 large, long-distance vehicles, Gates writes on his blog.
– He has no clue, Musk writes in a Twitter message.
Gates prefers cheap, alternative fuels – especially biofuels – as a possible substitute for commercial solutions. He also pays tribute to General Motors, Ford, Rivian and Bollinger for their progress in all-electric pick-ups.
Tesla was not mentioned in the list. Last year, Tesla launched its Cybertruck, which is scheduled to hit the market during 2021.
However, this is not the first time Musk has slammed his lip at Gates. Back in February, Gates chose to buy a Porsche Taycan instead of a Tesla, and it did not go unnoticed by the Tesla founder.
Tesla has been through a turbulent time on the stock exchange in the last two weeks and fell as much as 34 percent from a top listing of 500 dollars down to 330 dollars. In recent days, however, it has turned around again, and the share is now at 420 dollars.