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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Bill Gates Chooses a Porsche Taycan Over a Tesla

Billionaire, philanthropist, and the guy who was partly responsible for Clippy, Bill Gates has chosen the Porsche Taycan as his first-ever full-electric vehicle or EV.

A big fan of Porsche (his collection includes the legendary Porsche 959), Gates revealed his recent purchase during an interview.

Gates shared his views on the impact of climate change, specifically calling for “historic levels of global cooperation” to tackle this. One of the ways to address this, he said, was by reducing emissions across various industries through the use of technologies. Recognizing that the “green approach will still cost more than the dirty approach,” Gates said people should be “willing to pay extra” for some of the activities meant toward such a goal—like driving EVs.

“I just got a Porsche Taycan… and I have to say—I mean, 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,” Gates said, revealing his own steps in adopting sustainable mobility while at the same time acknowledging consumers’ concern over EVs’ range as an issue. Still, the tech giant called electric-powered passenger cars as “one of the more hopeful” areas when it comes to addressing climate change.

Despite its four-door configuration, Porsche says its Taycan is more closely related to the 911 than to the Panamera. Yet, it pairs performance with everyday usability, and now with sustainability as well.

Simultaneously introduced in three continents in September last year, the Taycan is currently being built, with the first batch of vehicles set to arrive this year in markets across the globe. Included among these markets is the Philippines.

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