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Bill Gates explains the main problem with electric cars after buying one

Published: 15/Feb/2020 14:49 Updated: 17/Sep/2020 15:53

by Calum Patterson

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In an interview with tech YouTuber Marques ‘MKBHD’ Brownlee, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates revealed that he has bought his first-ever electric car, the Porshe Taycan, but thinks there is still a major obstacle for them.

As one of the richest men in the world (second to be exact, according to the latest numbers), Bill Gates now spends much of his time working on his philanthropic efforts, focusing on climate change and global health.

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When discussing his work with Brownlee, Gates explained that electric vehicles are one of the most optimistic areas for reducing emissions, as they become increasingly popular.

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The Porsche Taycan is a premium electric vehicle, and now Bill Gates has one.

The business magnate says that many car manufacturers are moving “super fast” to do electric cars. “I just got a Porsche Taycan, which is an electric car – and I have to say, well it’s a premium price car, but it’s very, very cool. That’s my first electric car, and I’m enjoying it a lot.”

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But, Brownlee asks what, if anything, would put people off buying electric cars besides the price. Bill Gates explains that the main problem still facing electric vehicles is their range, as the batteries can only take them so far.

“If you want to go long-distance, the pervasiveness of recharging, the time to recharge, compared to filling up a tank of gas,” he said.

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“The amount of energy that’s going in per minute of filling your gas tank is kind of mindblowing,” Gates continued. “Gasoline is very dense energy – 30 times more dense than the current lithium battery.”

There are also benefits of the electric car, besides just doing your bit for the environment. The Microsoft boss highlights reduced maintenance costs, as well as not having to pay for gas.

However, insurance also comes at a premium on many electric cars, and the base price is still a fair bit higher than combustion-engine vehicles.

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Logan Paul’s custom car collection has to be seen to be believed

Published: 23/Oct/2020 12:35

by Kieran Bicknell

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Logan Paul has risen to fame as one of the most prominent YouTubers and online personalities of the 21st Century. His success brings financial rewards, and his growing exotic car collection reflects this. 

YouTuber and online personality Logan Paul is no stranger to the spotlight. Along with his brother Jake Paul, he is now one of the best-known content creators on the planet.

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While not all of his news features are for the right reason, his success is undeniable with 22 million + followers. His car collection reflects this, and contains some very unusual and unique vehicles.

Logan Paul’s car collection

One of the best-known vehicles in Logan’s collection is his Mercedes G-Class G500 4×4 squared. While that may be a mouthful of a name, it is an undeniably impressive bit of kit.

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Despite being dramatically styled from the factory, Logan took his 4×4 squared one step further and sent it to RDB LA for a number of personal customizations. Dubbed ‘The Yeti’ once completed, the imposing jeep was fitted with a massive snowplow – the first in the world to receive such treatment.

Alongside his ‘Yeti’ Logan also has another standout custom vehicle – the ‘Cool Bus’. A fully customized and kitted-out ex-school bus, this isn’t a regular vehicle for Logan but is instead used a way of promoting his merch.

Featuring a custom teal blue wrap, pumped-up sound system, heavy-duty front winch, and custom exhaust system, the Cool Bus is a serious piece of marketing kit.

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His Polaris slingshot is one of his less practical vehicles.

Logan Paul exotic cars

While Logan isn’t one to splash out on expensive supercars in the same way his brother Jake does, he still has some interesting performance cars.

His Dodge Challenger is a V8-engined American ‘muscle car’ that is designed for all-out straight-line speed. While not extensively customized in the way his ‘Cool Bus’ is, Logan appears to wrap it to match his latest merch line designs and uses it as another way of promoting his range.

As well as the Challenger, which was given away to one lucky subscriber earlier this year, Logan also has a Polaris Slingshot for a ‘fun’ car. Purchased as a gift to himself on his birthday, it is likely to just be used as a casual car for fun rather than any serious motoring.

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While he may not have the biggest collection in the world, Logan has more unique ways of showing his wealth, such as spending $200k on Pokemon cards. Either way, it is still a very unique collection of vehicles for the YouTube star.

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