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Tesla co-founder Elon Musk ignites Twitter feud with Bill Gates

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Melba Vasquez | 19 February, 2020, 07:06

Then Gates discussed recently buying a Porsche Taycan.

Gates didn't exactly malign Tesla with his answer, telling Brownlee: "The premium today is there, but over the next decade - except that the [mileage] range will still be a little bit less - that premium will come to zero". If he was expecting kind words in return from Elon Musk, he apparently shouldn't have spoken about challenges that still lie ahead - or about his new Porsche.

The billionaire also added that even though many auto manufacturers have started production of electric passenger vehicles, the biggest concern lies with whether customers would be capable of affording the range.

"And certainly Tesla, if you had to name one company that's helped drive that, it's them", Gates told YouTuber Marques Brownlee.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday took a jibe at Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates after the world's second richest man declared he has bought his first electric vehicle - Porsche Taycan.

Musk did, however, praise Bill Gates' past chair-jumping abilities. "That's my first electric auto and I'm enjoying it a lot".

Tesla followed up by testing out its new tri-motor drivetrain at the same track in a "souped up" Model S, eventually beating the Taycan's record in an unofficially timed lap. After chiding the sports auto brand for using internal combustion engine nomenclature for the high-end version of its debut electric vehicle, he tweeted in September that it "does seem like a good auto".

The Twitter back-and-forth sparked an outpouring of responses, attracting hundreds of likes, comments and retweets and dividing opinions. "Not doing yourself any favours", one Twitter user posted, while another said: "Your profitability compared to Gates is underwhelming tbh".

But there were also plenty of Musk supporters, with one writing: "Won't be long before you're worth more than him anyway".

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