The best kids’ electric cars

Get them motoring safely from a young age with one of these awesome electric cars.

A child pushes another child in a toy car

by Ryan Gilmore |

Are you thinking of going electric? Electric cars are getting better all the time, but perhaps the best models aren't designed for adult use. Electric kids' cars are not only a lot of fun to use (talking from personal experience here) but are a great way to get a child interested in cars.

Naturally, you'll want to get the best one, so we've looked at what's on the market. Sadly, we were all too tall to give these a proper road-test but we've still found the best electric kids' cars (and a whole variety of other vehicles) available on the market.

What you need to know about children's electric cars:

How much do you want to spend?

As you can see, there's a massive range of prices when it comes to electric kids' cars, and it can be hard to get your head around why some can cost a lot more than others. More expensive models are usually properly licensed from manufacturers and will feature more gadgets, like MP3 connectivity, brakes and working lights.

They will also usually have larger battery packs which will mean your little ones will be able to enjoy the cars for longer in-between charges. Although, be prepared for long charging times no matter how much money you spend.

What should you look for?

The first thing you should look for is the weight/age limits for any kids' electric car. When spending a good chunk of money on a toy like this, you don't what them to outgrow it in six months. Plus, most have minimum age requirements, so it's best to make sure it's suitable for your child.

You should also look at assembly; most kids' electric cars will require some degree of assembly, so make sure that it's not too difficult to put together. You probably have enough garage projects on the go as it is.

Safety advice

Your first port of call should be teaching your child how to use their electric car, and to never leave them unsupervised.

Kids' electric cars might not be as fast as the real thing, but they should still be properly protected while using them. Ensure your child has protective gear on when driving, such as elbow pads or a helmet. If there's a seatbelt, we'd recommend using that, too.

Finally, just like any machine, the car may need maintenance from time to time. Regularly inspect your tiny vehicle, ensure the battery is charged and that it's stored in a safe, dry place. The screws and gears should always be tight, and you may need to replace things like the wheels from time to time.

Check out our articles and advice on full-size electric cars:

Parkers' list of the best electric cars to buy.

The most affordable and cheapest EVs.

A guide to home EV chargers.

The best portable EV chargers you can buy.

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