Interestingly enough, after talking about consumers’ concerns about electric vehicle range, Gates mentioned that he recently purchased a Porsche Taycan. “It’s a premium-priced car, but yeah it is very, very cool,” he said. The Taycan is one of the more expensive electric vehicles on the market, with the top-of-the-line Turbo S trim starting at $185,000.
The vehicle, however, is not very efficient, offering 192 miles of range according to estimates from the EPA. While this number was low according to a recent test from automotive magazine Car and Driver, the range rating is still significantly less than the Tesla Model S.
Elon Musk tweeted in mid-February that the range of the Model S had officially eclipsed 390 miles, giving it over twice as much range as the Taycan Turbo S for $105,000 less. Granted, the vehicle is not as quick as the Taycan off the line, but when it comes to endurance driving, the Long Range Plus Model S may very well be the king for now.
Tesla Model S estimated EPA range is now above 390 miles or ~630 km https://t.co/sNFzIkuJpC
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 15, 2020
Gates is an obvious supporter of the electric vehicle movement and does his part to contribute to environmental support funds. His interview with Brownlee was a great indicator of what he feels electric car manufacturers must do to compete with gas-guzzlers in the long term. Though of course, he does seem to be a bit out of the loop when it comes to the rapid progress of lithium-ion battery tech that’s being pushed by innovative companies like Tesla.
The full interview with Marques Brownlee and Bill Gates can be viewed below.