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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.

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.”

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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Matt LeBlanc’s classic car collection is nothing short of extraordinary

Published: 26/Nov/2020 13:52

by Kieran Bicknell

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While many were surprised to see Friends star and sitcom actor Matt LeBlanc as one of the hosts for BBC’s Top Gear for a stint, it turns out LeBlanc is in fact a massive petrolhead, and has a collection of classic cars that is the stuff of dreams.

Anyone that has watched Friends knows the scene where Matt’s character Joey pretends to own a Porsche. Well, it turns out that there’s a degree of truth in that scene — LeBlanc is a massive fan of the Porsche brand, and has a number of their cars in his fleet.

Unlike most celebrity car collections, however, Matt’s is a lot more classic-oriented than most. From early air-cooled Porsches to unusual Jeeps, he has a classic for almost any occasion, as well as a number of cutting-edge supercars for good measure.

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Matt’s fastest car is his Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Matt LeBlanc’s incredible Porsche collection

Porsche clearly hold a special place in Matt’s heart. From the air-cooled ‘widowmaker’ 930 911 Turbo to the cutting-edge 911 GT2 RS, his collection spans a number of decades and styles.

There is a noticeable bias towards the classics here, too. Prior to the 996-era of 911 launching in 1997, Porsche’s engines were mostly air-cooled, and this is where most of Matt’s collection is focused. While there are no doubt some hidden gems that are kept away from public eyes, we do know he owns the following:

  • 2012 911 Carrera GTS
  • 1988 964 (911) Carrera
  • 1987 930 (911) Turbo
  • 2014 911 Turbo S
  • 2016 911 R
  • 2017 911 GT2 RS

Despite his love for Porsche, there’s one he’d never buy: A 914. In an interview with Men’s Journal, he said “I’m not a fan of the 914, though I know there are some die-hard fans out there. I’ll get letters about that.”

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As a well-known car enthusiast, Top Gear was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for LeBlanc.

Matt LeBlanc’s exotic cars

While his biggest love is Porsche, Matt also enjoys dabbling in other brands of four-wheeled transport too.

Satisfying his ‘hot hatch’ requirements is his Ford Focus RS, an all-wheel-drive hatchback complete with ‘drift’ button. He also has a classic American muscle car in the form of a De Tomaso Pantera, complete with its room-shaking V8 engine.

Good friend and previous co-host Chris Harris also revealed that Matt has bought himself a Ferrari Testarossa, which will sit nicely alongside his Pantera, and his other Ferraris — a 360 Modena and 458 Italia.

Perhaps the most unusual car in his collection is a Fiat X1/9. This diminutive, rear-engined Italian sports car must’ve struck a chord with LeBlanc, as it’s totally different from anything else in his collection.


With its mix of iconic classics and modern supercars, Matt’s collection is enviable – just don’t tell him you’re a fan of the Porsche 914, whatever you do.