Gates detailed his views on electric vehicles in a blog post in August, explaining why he was suspicious about the ability of long haul vehicles for EVs. The reason for this: “Batteries are big and heavy.”
“Even with the huge breakthrough in battery technology, electric vehicles probably won’t be practical solutions for things like 18-wheelers, cargo ships and passenger jets,” Gate wrote in a blog post. “Electricity works when you want to cover shorter distances, but we need a different solution for heavier, longer-thin vehicles.”
The philanthropist stepped in instead of “cheap, alternative fuels” – particularly biofuels – as a possible viable solution for commercial vehicles. But he credited legacy automakers GM and Ford and new carmakers Rivian and Bollinger for their progress in manufacturing all-electric pick-up trucks.
Telsa was not mentioned in the list.
Last year, Tesla revealed its new electric pickup, the Siebertruck and the more expensive version of the truck, the Tri-Motor all-wheel-drive. Tesla says production of Cybertbrook will begin in late 2021, with production for the Tri Motor AWD variant in 2022.
Musk’s negative comment about Gates is not the first time he eats beef. In February, the CEO of the electric car company said Tweet
He chatted with her “undergarment.” The Gates mentioned in an interview that it did not buy an electric Porsche Tycan and a Tesla.