Although the big news for Tesla in 2016 is its unveiling of the hotly-anticipated, affordable Model 3, for those that still think $35,000 is a bit much, there is a $500 (£345) alternative, though you may be too big for it. A motorised Model S for children is being built by Radio Flyer, letting them drive around in a faithful reproduction of the fully electric car.
The Model S For Kids car uses the same lithium-ion battery “Flight Speed” technology as the full-size Model S and some of Tesla's other vehicles. That technology gives it a top speed of three of six miles per hour (parents can choose) and the battery is said to recharge in as quickly as three hours.[yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGom8Y5wAow']
Available in three official Model S colours, buyers can also purchase spare batteries for charging outside of the car – using a charge kit not that unlike the real Model S'. That way parents can simply swap in a second battery when the original runs out, extending playtime by a reasonable amount (via Autoblog).
You can also opt to pay an extra $50 for the extended “premium” battery back, which gives it an extra 50Wh, that apparently extends to up to 50 per cent additional range on the micro-car. Other additional upgrades include an official Model S car cover, as well as a phone mount for music on the go, and a personalised number plate. All in, the full spec Model S For Kids will set buyers back $800 (£550).
Set to begin shipping in May, there's no official notice on UK availability, but considering how cute the kids look driving them around, it wouldn't be surprising to see them show up here soon enough.
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KitGuru Says: I can't decide if this makes me want to be a kid, or have a kid. I'm at a weird time of life.