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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates believes electric vehicles have a strong future in transportation—just not in long-haul trucking.
In his most recent blog on climate change, Gates blames transportation for most emissions in the United States and calls for more innovative technologies to lower greenhouse gases.
While offering support for zero-emission battery powertrains in passenger cars to garbage trucks, Gates doesn’t think the technology is a good fit for long-haul trucks.
“Electricity works when you need to cover short distances, but we need a different solution for heavy, long-haul vehicles,” Gates writes.
Like other critics of all-electric long-haul such as Nikola founder Trevor Milton, Gates believes battery-powered cross-country trucking is impractical.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates points to Ford, GM, Rivian and Bollinger for their efforts in developing electric pickups.
“The more weight you’re trying to move, the more batteries you need to power the vehicle,” he writes. “But the more batteries you use, the more weight you add—and the more power you need. Even with big breakthroughs in battery technology, electric vehicles will probably never be a practical solution for things like 18-wheelers, cargo ships, and passenger jets.”
For long-haul, Gates points to alternative bio-fuels and hydrogen, …
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