Rich Kids in Tiny Tesla Model S Ride-ons Will Now Be Looking Down on You Too

What you’re really paying for when you buy an electric car like the Tesla Model S isn’t the savings on fuel, or even the whisper quiet ride. You’re paying for the ability to be smug and self-righteous to drivers in gas-powered cars, and now even little kids can start making others feel guilty about driving a gas-guzzler.

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Tesla Motors teamed up with Radio Flyer—the company most famous for its red metal wagons—to create a miniature version of the Model S that uses similar battery technology to achieve a top speed of six miles per hour. And before you start to consider it as a cheaper alternative to a real Tesla Model S, keep in mind this $500 version—shipping some time in May—can only support drivers up to 81 pounds.

Almost every last detail of Radio Flyer’s Tesla Model S is borrowed from the full-sized car, including the turbine-inspired hub caps, the working headlights, the color options, the battery charging port, and even the optional $50 indoor car cover.

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Other options include a more powerful battery offering about 50 percent more run time, and even a custom vanity license plate in case you weren’t 100 percent sure if your kid driving around a tiny replica Tesla Model S wasn’t already obnoxious enough.

[Radio Flyer via Electrek]

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“What you’re really paying for when you buy an electric car like the Tesla Model S isn’t the savings on fuel, or even the whisper quiet ride. You’re paying for the ability to be smug and self-righteous to drivers in gas-powered cars”

I have yet to meet a Tesla owner who is “smug and self-righteous to drivers in gas-powered cars”. The ones I have met or are friends with just enjoy it and don’t rub it in other people’s faces. I want to get a Model S myself, but not because I have been shamed into that state of mind.

That’s like saying people buy an iPhone or an Android phone to be smug and self-righteous to users in the other camp. Anyone who does that is just being childish and petty. People buy an iPhone or an Android phone because that’s what they want to use.