Bill Gates Buys Porsche Taycan Electric Car, Explains The Main Problem With EVs
In an interview with tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee, Bill Gates revealed he just bought his first-ever electric car, the Porshe Taycan. But the World’s second richest man thinks there is still a major obstacle for them.
64 year old American business magnate, Bill Gates, is one of the biggest personalities in the tech industry.
As one of the richest men in the world, with an estimated net worth of $108.8 billion, Gates now spend much of his time working on his philanthropic efforts, in addition to focusing on climate change and global health.
When discussing his work with tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee, Gates explained that electric vehicles are one of the most optimistic areas for reducing emissions.
Bill Gates, who revealed he just bought his first-ever electric car, the Porshe Taycan, says that many automakers are moving “super fast” to do electric cars.
“I just got a Porsche Taycan, which is an electric car – and I have to say, well it’s a premium price car, but it’s very, very cool. That’s my first electric car, and I’m enjoying it a lot.”
But, when asked what, if any, would put people off buying electric cars besides the price, Gates was quick to point out EV’s main problem is their range.
The 93.0-kWh battery pack in Gates Porsche Taycan gives only 500+ km (310 miles) range on a full charge.
Gates said :
“If you want to go long-distance, the pervasiveness of recharging, the time to recharge, compared to filling up a tank of gas,”
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“The amount of energy that’s going in per minute of filling your gas tank is kind of mindblowing,” Gates continued.
“Gasoline is very dense energy – 30 times more dense than the current lithium battery.”
But the business magnate also revealed some of the benefits of owning an electric car, besides been eco-friendly. Gates highlights reduced maintenance costs, as well as not having to pay for gas.
Currently, insurance also comes at a premium on many electric cars, and the base price is still a fair bit higher than combustion-engine vehicles.
Porsche Taycan EV
Taycan, the first all-electric car from German automaker, Porsche, will have a starting price of ₦55m, excluding destination cost to Nigeria.
Its power train gives an impressive 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3.5 seconds. Top model, Turbo S, does this in 2.8 seconds.
The 93.0-kWh battery pack gives a 500+ km (310 miles) range on a full charge.
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