Thanks to a collaboration between veteran toy maker Radio Flyer and Elon Musk's Tesla Motors, 3-8 year-old electric car enthusiasts will soon be able to hit the parks and sidewalks in their very own Model S. The single seater can zoom along at up to 6 mph for around 6 miles before needing to hit the plug-in charger for a top up.
The imaginatively-named Tesla Model S for Kids is reported to be the first young driver's vehicle to be powered by FlightSpeed Li-ion batteries. It takes around 3 hours to charge, and proud young owners can mirror the charging behaviors of grown-ups by plugging the included cable right into the mini model's own charging port. The battery pack can also be popped out and topped up away from the car.
Youngsters are promised up to 6 miles (9.6 km), or 1-2 hours, of continuous driving fun per charge with the standard battery pack, or 9 miles (or up to 3 hours) with the optional premium battery. There are two speed modes, plus reverse. The first will see the cute little electric car zoom up to 3 mph (4.8 km/h), while the second (Insane Mode?) tops out at a nail-biting 6 mph.
The 40.5 lb (18 kg) Model S features working headlights, storage under the hood, an onboard sound system for plugging in a music player and 9-inch diameter, 4-inch thick wheels. A choice of colors is available, with Radio Flyer promising an "authentic Tesla Model S premium paint finish." Buyers can also choose the rim color and add a personalized license plate and parking sign.
The video below introduces the Tesla Model S for Kids, but best not show your kids unless you're ready to part with the US$499 ticket price. The car is due for release this coming May.
Source: Radio Flyer