Now, a $500 electric Tesla: it's a holiday gift for your kids (video)


With the holiday season in full swing, here's a gift idea that will indoctrinate tomorrow's potential electric-car buyers at a young age.

It's a miniature Tesla Model S produced by Radio Flyer.

The company known for its red wagons collaborated with Tesla on the toy Model S, which starts at $499.

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Unlike many other toy cars, Radio Flyer can at least claim that its Model S uses the same type of powertrain as the real thing.

A small electric motor provides an unrestricted top speed of 6 mph, although it can also be limited to 3 mph for "beginners."

The Radio Flyer Model S also features working LED headlights, a horn, forward and reverse gears, and an audio system that can play music from MP3 players or smartphones.

Tesla Model S for kids by Radio Flyer

Tesla Model S for kids by Radio Flyer

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It even features a front trunk, or "frunk," as Tesla owners affectionately call it.

For an additional authentic touch, the charge port is located in the same place as on a full-size Model S: behind one of the taillights.

The toy car is available in four exterior paint colors based on colors offered on the real Model S: Red Multi-Coat, Deep Blue Metallic, Midnight Silver Metallic, and Pearl White Multi-Coat.

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Radio Flyer recommends the car for kids from three to eight years old, as it has an 81-pound weight limit.

The car weighs 40 pounds itself, and measures 52 inches long and 28.5 inches wide.

That means kids will need a decent amount of space to test drive their mini Teslas, noted Bloomberg.

2016 Tesla Model S P90D and Boeing 737 drag race

2016 Tesla Model S P90D and Boeing 737 drag race

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A reviewer also warned of somewhat flimsy construction, and that the Model S will likely prove popular enough to require a lesson in sharing.

Just like a full-size car, the price of the Radio Flyer Model S can also be inflated with optional extras.

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These include a $20 vanity plate, $50 car cover, and a $60 upgrade for the lithium-ion battery beyond the standard 130-watt-hour unit.

Range anxiety can even be an issue when it comes to toy cars, it seems.

The Radio Flyer Model S is available to order now.

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