Elon Musk Called Bill Gates 'Underwhelming' for Buying Porsche Instead of Tesla
My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming tbh— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 18, 2020
Bill Gates doesn't want Elon Musk's Tesla
"My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming tbh [to be honest]," tweeted Musk.
Gates announced his new purchase during an interview with the popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee. In it, Brownlee asks Gates about efforts to fight climate change with clean energy products, like Tesla's suite of electric cars.
In reply, the 64-year-old tech billionaire said electric vehicles will have less range than gasoline-powered cars, but then added that passenger cars are "one of the most hopeful" factors in reducing the cost of environment-minded alternatives.
"And certainly Tesla, if you had to name one company that's helped drive that, it's them," said Gates. Despite this praise, Gates didn't buy a Tesla. "I just got a Porsche Taycan."
"I have to say, it's a premium-price car but it is very, very cool," added the billionaire. "That's my first electric car and I'm enjoying it a lot."
Retailing at a stunning $150,900 in the U.S., the Porsche Taycan still costs less than the Turbo S, which is upwards of $185,000. Tesla cars are regarded as pricey, but even its entry-level Model 3 comes at a standard price of $39,490.
Musk throws shade at Gates
But Gates' silent implication — which could be anything up to Tesla not being "cool" enough for billionaires — didn't go unchallenged.
Musk answered to Gates' Porsche buy by replying to a Twitter user speculating why the Microsoft co-founder "decided to go with the Taycan instead of the Tesla."
Of course, Musk has pushed back against his tech billionaire peers before. In 2017, he challenged Mark Zuckerberg's optimistic opinions on artificial intelligence, commenting that the Facebook founder's "understanding of the subject is limited."
When it comes to billionaires criticizing billionaires on their favorite green-friendly brands, one can't help but love to see it.