First, there was a Land Rover Defender just for the kiddos. Now they can get their Tesla fix while they’re young, as well. The good news, though, is that this mini model is quite a bit cheaper than the $15,000 Defender pedal pusher.
A kid-version of the electric Model S will sell for $499. It’s the creation of the folks at Radio Flyer who collaborated with Tesla to create the mini-sized electric version. Yep, it even has lithium-ion battery technology that takes three hours to charge.
The mini version is fully customizable and comes in real Model S colors, has working headlights, a front trunk and a place to plug in a portable music player. Of course, it goes without saying you can get any name you want on the license plate.
According to the Radio Flyer web site, the car is suitable for kids ages 3 to 8. It has a maximum weight capacity of 81 pounds. Parents can choose to limit the speed to 3 miles per hour, but the car’s “flight speed” lithium-ion batteries allow it to reach a top speed of 6 mph. (Quite a bit less than the Ludicrous mode on the adult model!)
Parents can pre-order one of these now, and shipping begins in May.
Compare the $499 price tag to the real deal and it’s quite a bargain. The grown-up version of the Model S starts at $76,200 before tax incentives.