“Certainly Tesla, if I were to name a company that helped drive it, it’s them,” he said.
And he said he is enjoying his new electric Porsche.
“I have to say it is a car with an exceptional price, it is very beautiful. It is my first electric car and I have a lot of fun,” he said.
Gates said he believes that the price premium between gasoline and electric vehicles will disappear in the next 10 years and that in that case, not much will prevent people from buying electric vehicles.
But he said that a problem that prevents some buyers from switching to electricity is the more limited range for electric vehicles. Although a charging station is available, it takes longer to charge an electric vehicle than to fill a gas tank.
“The amount of energy coming in per minute to fill the gas tank is a little mind-blowing. Gasoline is a very dense energy,” he said.
Musk, however, praised Bill Gates’ chair jumping skills.