By Ryan Zaricki
Near the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage, get an upclose and personal look at Ryan Zaricki’s brand new Tesla Model 3 and another eco-friendly car or two from our friends and supporters at Uebelhor and Sons—Chevy, Cadillac Toyota in Jasper.
As lithium ion technology keeps improving (cell phones, computer tablets/laptops, power tools, etc.), it was only a matter of time that the technology would evolve into home and car-based battery systems. The Tesla Model 3 is on the cutting edge of that battery revolution. Made in the USA with a range of 310 miles per charge, this Tesla model is pushing the envelope of what is possible in electric transportation.
South Spencer and Rose Hulman honors graduate Ryan Zaricki is owner and manager of Whole Sun Designs, who has been present at the festival since year one in 2010, powering the Kyana Woodstock Market stage with energy directly from the sun. For Ryan, the shift to a Tesla and a more sustainable lifestyle has been a natural progression. From being a leading installer of residential solar in the state, including many systems in and around Ferdinand, he first dipped his toes into an all-electric vehicle when he bought a used Nissan Leaf in 2015. Then he double-downed when in 2016 he waited in a long line in St. Louis to place his order for his Tesla Model 3. His brand new, brilliant blue model arrived in May of this year. Ryan and friends will be available throughout the afternoon to talk about the car, the technology, the future of automotive transportation, and the exciting developments in solar energy across the US.