Over the past decade, we've seen study after study showing that younger consumers just aren't that interested in vehicle ownership. But those studies never included the Tesla Model S for kids, designed by Radio Flyer.
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The pint-sized electric car looks just like the one mom and dad drive, with:
- Working headlines
- A fully functional "frunk"
- Forward and reverse gears
- A real sound system, capable of integrating smartphones and MP3 players (if kids still have MP3 players)
And of course, the car comes in three official Tesla paint colors: Midnight Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, and Red Multi-Coat.
How much would you expect to pay for such an awesome toy? If you guessed "$499", you're right on track -- though in true Tesla fashion, that base figure leaves out a few nifty extras like:
- A premium, 190 Wh lithium ion battery at $50 (compared to the standard 140 Wh lithium ion battery, the premium offers 50 percent more playtime for every charge)
- Silver turbine wheels at $15 (an upgrade from the basic black)
- An indoor car cover at $50
- A custom license plate at $15
- A custom parking sign at $25
Thinking that you might like one of these for your adult self? Not so fast. The carrying capacity is 81 pounds, so if you're bigger than a fifth grader, you probably won't get very far.
And even if you manage to squeeze into the "spacious interior", top speed is limited to three mph (for beginners) or six mph (for kids who've been around the block), so using it for your morning commute would be even slower going than usual.
Apart from that, though, this baby is good to go for the kid who has (almost) everything. Or maybe a skinny college student.