Growing up Tesla: Toy Model S to hit playgrounds
The Chicago-based Radio Flyer intends to start shipping a whole new kind of little red wagon come May. A miniaturized Model S will set you back $500 for a basic version, with working headlights, a sound system and a “spacious interior” – as long as the driver is under 81 pounds (36 kilograms). It is intended for children between the ages of three and eight.
According to AutoBlog, the playground Model S will come in three authentic Tesla colors: Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, and – of course – Red Multi-Coat.
Just like with the actual cars, the toy model will have add-ons and options. The base model has a 140 Wh lithium-ion battery, but for another $50, the proud parents can go for “50 percent more playtime” and get a more powerful 190 Wh version. An extra $15 will upgrade the car with “Silver Turbine Wheels.” A fully tricked-out toy Tesla will run $804, before taxes.
Fans of accessories can look forward to Tesla-branded license plates ($15), a parking sign ($25) and an indoor car cover ($50), making the mini-Model S look just like the grown-up kind.
Parental settings can cap the maximum speed of the toy Tesla at either 3 mph (4.8 km/h) or twice that, if they trust their toddlers to drive responsibly.
AutoBlog’s Sebastian Blanco calls the toy model “the cutest Tesla ever,” and notes the only cheaper option is a die-cast model for your shelf.
Tesla founder Elon Musk has apparently tried out the toy model, and called it “really quite fun.”
This baby Model S really is quite fun https://t.co/40W5sS5bKI— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2016
The mini-Tesla will face some playground competition from Actev Motors’ Arrow Smart-Kart. The go-kart for the more grownup set (ages 5-9) will be capable of reaching 12 miles per hour, using two 250-Watt electric motors, and comes with built-in Wi-Fi and an Android control app.