From a casual observer’s point of view, it seems like Bill Gates always gives credit to Elon Musk’s competitors and never acknowledges Tesla's revolutionary achievements. This is what presumably happened when the second richest man in the world, to address the decarbonization plan, praised the following electric vehicle innovators but failed to include Tesla:
The article promoted biofuels and encouraged further research into other motor powering alternatives. It also suggested that electric trucks have a long way to go before they can be a reality, and when Elon was asked to comment on the article, he replied that Gates had no clue.
After unveiling a sold-out Cybertruck and it’s premium bigger brother, the Tri-Motor All-Wheel Drive, which is slated to be released in the year 2021 and 2022, respectively, Musk feels that Bill Gates is dead wrong about the potential of the electric vehicle batteries.
Tesla revolutionized the design of the electric vehicle battery. However, it appears that Bill Gates suggests that the technology is still in its infancy when it comes to powering long-haul electric trucks.
The main obstacle he cites in the article is that the kinds of batteries required are bulky and impractical. In contrast, Musk is of the opinion that Tesla can invent an electric 18-wheeler sooner than predicted by Gates and industry experts.
Was It A Misunderstanding?
When this back and forth between the two tech visionaries is placed under a microscope, consumers can conclude that Elon Musk is only looking for recognition for his contribution to the transportation sector. It is also possible to conclude that Tesla’s are not exactly affordable to the masses and how Bill Gates's blog post is advocating for a more affordable solution to the common man.
The post also implied that electricity-based solutions are better suited for shorter distances and that a completely different alternative should be used for long-distance travel. Bill closes the article by being optimistic that a zero-carbon future can be achieved within 50 years.
Interestingly, the two billionaires have yet to confront each other directly, and all this beef has played out on Twitter feeds, which leaves room for speculation.
Not The First Time
This is, however, not the first time Elon Musk has talked down on Bill. Earlier in the year, the Tesla CEO was disappointed that Gates chose to go with an electric Porsche Taycan instead of a Tesla model. In response to the news, Musk referred to his interactions with the Microsoft Co-founder as underwhelming.
Even though Bill went on to offer shower praises for Tesla, he pointed out in the interview that fueling at a gas station is less time-consuming than recharging an electric vehicle. A notable time when Musk said something complimentary about Bill is on a Twitter post that showed a young Bill Gates jumping skillfully over a chair. On Twitter Thread, he admitted that the stunt was pretty impressive.
Elon Musk and Bill Gates may be on bad terms, but the jury is still out on that.