Your Kids Can Drive This Tesla, the 1st of Its Kind

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Tesla fans will collect almost anything with the brand’s name on it, including tequila, shorts, surfboards, and even flamethrowers. All of these limited-edition products are great gifts for adults, but what about Tesla products for the little ones? Well, Radio Flyer offers two Tesla vehicles for kids, and one of them is the first of its kind.

What’s the big deal about the adult-sized Model S?

2019 Tesla Model S | John Keeble/Getty Images

The Tesla Model S comes with a few long-range versions. The top-trim Plaid+ boasts a dual-motor setup that can take this EV about 520 miles on a full charge. It can also zip from 0 to 60 mph in a searing 2.0 seconds. 

With a price of over $130,000, the Plaid+ trim has plenty more to offer. The interior has a futuristically styled steering wheel, an auto-shift feature, 19-inch Tempest wheels, and a potent infotainment system with a humongous screen. And for an extra $10,000, you can add full self-driving capabilities

The Model S comes in various colors. They include Pearl White Multi-Coat (which is standard), Solid Black, Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, and Red Multi-Coat.

Though it isn’t the best-selling Tesla — that distinction belongs to the less expensive Model 3 — the Model S is arguably the most impressive. Perhaps that’s why Tesla and Radio Flyer teamed up to create a Model S for youngsters.

The Tesla Model S for Kids is a 1st among pintsize EVs

Though kids can’t drive a real Model S, there’s still something for them. The Tesla Model S for Kids by Radio Flyer lets little ones experience their own EV. This toy comes complete with a lithium-Ion battery that kicks out approximately 140 Wh on the standard model. Fork over another $60, and you can get a 190-Wh battery for “50% more playtime,” Radio Flyer boasts. This toy is also “the first-ever fully customizable, lithium-ion battery-powered ride-on for kids.”

But it carries a hefty price tag. Expect to pay around $499 for the standard model. Though that might seem steep, it’s not all that surprising considering what you get for it. This little model has working headlights, a trunk to store their precious items, and even a music player to blast their tunes. Depending on other features you choose — such as upgrade wheels, an indoor car cover, a custom license plate, and a custom parking sign — this toy car could cost as much as $800, Motor 1 reports.

You’ll also have four paint colors to choose from. They’re Solid White, Red Multi-Coat, Midnight Silver Metallic, and Deep Blue Metallic. So if you happen to own a Tesla Model S yourself, you can find a color to match yours.

It’s even customizable for parents: You can set it to have a top speed of 3 mph; otherwise, it’s capable of going 6 mph. According to Radio Flyer, the Tesla Model S for Kids is for ages 3 to 8 and can hold up to 81 pounds.

Even toddlers get a ride-on Tesla

Though the Tesla Model S for Kids isn’t suitable for children under 3, toddlers can still get in on the action. Radio Flyer also offers a Tesla Model Y. It isn’t an EV but a ride-on, so little ones can push themselves around in style.

The car’s body is fashioned after the real Model Y, outside of the steering wheel that pokes out of the windshield. This Tesla toy has working steering, rubber induction wheels for good tread, and even a honking horn. Built for ages 1.5 years to 4, the Model Y can hold up to 43 pounds. 

The price for the toddler-sized Model Y is $79.99, much lower than the Model S. It’s perfect for when you want your toddler to have their own Tesla but they’re not ready for the kids’ version yet. 

So if you’re a Tesla fan and looking for a gift for toddlers to 8-year-olds, one of these toys could hit the spot.

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