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    Earlier in August, Microsoft's co-founder had expressed doubt as to whether electric trucks and other types of larger vehicles could ever be practical, given their long-distance aims and heavy structure.

    Elon Musk provided a blunt response to Bill Gates' recent thoughts on electric vehicles, which Tesla also develops, saying that the billionaire has "no clue" about the issue.

    The Tesla CEO responded to a comment posted by one of his followers asking what he thought of Gates' comments.

    In an article posted on GatesNotes, the billionaire, while underlining the great progress that has been made on electric vehicles, claimed that electricity is only good for short-distances and could not be applied to "18-wheelers, cargo ships, and passenger jets".

    "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. Electricity works when you need to cover short distances, but we need a different solution for heavy, long-haul vehicles."

    As another solution involving clean energy, Gates suggested relying instead on "cheap alternative fuels", particularly biofuels. He also said that batteries are a disadvantage because more of them are required to move a bigger vehicle and that adds more weight.

    The billionaire, however, did not mention Elon Musk, or Tesla, in his post.

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