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.
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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