The tech press has an announcement to make: the kid-sized Tesla Model S is now available for pre-order and it sure looks really cute.
It is time to envy the little ones, because this new launch is dedicated entirely to them. Last week, a company called Actev debuted the Arrow Kart, an extremely smart go-kart with a top speed of 12 miles per hour. This week, Tesla’s getting into the mix with a tiny Model S made by Radio Flyer, the 99-year-old company known for its bright red wagons and tricycles.
The ‘Model S for Kids,’ as it’s being called, is basically a scale model of Tesla’s popular electric sedan. It’s made for children ages three to eight and has a weight capacity of 81 pounds, and tops out at 6 miles per hour. The speed can be limited to just 3 miles per hour with the flip of a switch, much like how Power Wheels operate.
Another interesting fact is that the Model S for Kids charges in just three hours, and also utilizes swappable batteries. This is something that Tesla has had trouble with on the real Model S. In addition to all the foregoing, the model costs $500.
Very similar to ‘the real’ Tesla form, there are also some bells, whistles, and customizable options. The new model comes with working headlights, a front trunk and a sound system with an auxiliary cord input. The cars can be outfitted in ‘authentic Tesla Model S colors’ like Deep Blue Metallic, Midnight Silver Metallic, or Red Multi-Coat.
Extras like personalized license plates, spare batteries, and a Tesla-branded car cover are all available, too: $15 for the Tesla-branded license plates, $25 for the parking sign and $50 for the indoor car cover. Adding all of that together, parents can quickly end up paying about $800 for the full option Tesla car.
However, even with those features, the Model S for Kids is a much less exciting toy compared to the Arrow, according to the experts. The Arrow model is smarter, more stylish, and comes with some pretty powerful safety features like collision avoidance and geofencing. It’s also twice as fast, which means Tesla finally made a Model S that will not win every race, for once.
The Tesla Model S for Kids is now available for preorder off of Radio Flyer’s website, with shipping planned for May of this year. It is surely the perfect time for an adorable drive with the top down.
All in all, raising a generation of environmentally-aware children starts with this. Thanks to Radio Flyer, the kids can have their very own Tesla Model S this spring. Rumor has it there are many ‘junior clients’ waiting in line to buy a Tesla Model S and to cruise around the neighbourhood with it.