Bill Gates, being a long time Porsche fan has already owned a couple of performance cars from the German manufacturer. He has been known to have owned a 911 Turbo, as well as a 959. He also helped pass the “Show and Display” law in the US in order to help bring older vehicles into the country. This time around, the business tycoon is a proud owner of a Porsche Taycan, an all-electric vehicle.
In an interview with Youtube tech, video, and podcast creator Marques Brownlee, Gates stated that he recently bought his first-ever electric vehicle (EV). While it might not be surprising to some, the Microsoft founder opted to purchase a Porsche Taycan four-door performance car as his first EV.
In the video interview, Gates and Brownlee further shared their views on the impact of climate change, emphasizing that there is a great need for global cooperation to tackle the problem. One of the ways he said that this global issue could be resolved was by reducing emissions across various industries through the means of technology. Gates also recognized that the path to a cleaner future will be more costly than that of a “dirty approach”. He continues by saying that people should be willing to pay more for certain things if they end up aiding the environment. One such example was for driving and EVs. While the upfront cost of electric vehicles can be steep, it is an investment in future technology. Battery technology is getting better and better each day with capacities increasing and with cleaner manufacturing methods being used to lower its environmental impact.
Commenting on his Porsche Taycan, Gates said, “it’s a premium-price car, but it is very, very cool. That’s my first electric car and I’m enjoying it a lot.” He continues by revealing his own steps in adapting sustainable mobility while acknowledging the concerns of consumers about electric vehicles and their limited range. Despite this, the tech giant called electric power passenger cars “one of the more hopeful” areas when it comes to making a difference against climate change.