OK, this post is not really related to building my plane, but I wanted to share a little about another transportation device I just recently acquired – a Tesla Model 3!
I’ve been waiting for this beauty for more than 2 years – though I’ve wanted to make the switch to all-electric far longer than that! I picked up my M3 this past weekend, which is another reason why I didn’t make a lot of progress on my Sling this past week. I had to go down to New York for pickup, since Tesla doesn’t have any stores in NH just yet.
I hope to see some of the technology in this Tesla (of which there is a lot!) make its way over to the aviation world. The Rotax I put in my Sling will probably be the last gas engine I buy — and who knows, maybe by the time this plane’s ready to fly, there will be more electric options available. That’s the beauty of experimental planes, right? Battery power density is still the biggest barrier to entry, but Lithium Ion battery technology is just hitting its stride now, after 20 years on the market. Hopefully, the Tesla Model 3 (and others like it) will help move us in the right direction.