Electric cars for kids to drive are a huge thing nowadays. Getting one can be a fun way of turning your garden in to a pretend world that kids can really drive about in. Read on for some of the best kids electric cars available right now in 2017 and what you need to look out for when buying.
*Updated September 2017 – as models of cars change, so do the available electric cars and occasionally they go out of stock. I try and keep this page up to date with any of the newest models and best rated electric cars for kids.
- 1 What to look for in an electric car for kids
- 2 Best kids electric cars and bikes – our reviews
- 3 Best 12v kids cars
- 4 Licensed electric ride on cars
- 5 Personalise their ride!
What to look for in an electric car for kids
One of the main things to check when buying a motorised car for kids are the safety features. Obviously most of these toys won’t go too fast, but it’s still a good idea to check out that they have a seat belt, that the speed isn’t too fast for you and your child and whether you are able to control from a distance via a remote control.
Electric cars are generally good for older toddlers up to around the age of 6 or 7 – you might want to check your child’s weight alongside the recommended limit as well especially if the child you are buying for is big for their age.
It’s worth also checking how you can charge these mini cars for kids and how long they will go for when fully charged. I recommend checking reviews as this is where you’ll find out whether they live up to their claims as well!
Best kids electric cars and bikes – our reviews
On the budget end of the scale you’ll find electric ride on bikes and some of the cheaper cars. They are mostly powered by 6v batteries at this price point.
Ricco s2188 BMW style Kids ride on remote control car
If you’re looking for a car that’s a little bit sportier and little bit more flash then this BMW style ride on sports car will be perfect!
Coming in 3 colours (red, black or pink) and with a really smart look to it all kids will love it. Again it has a parental remote, making it an excellent electric car for toddlers with added lights and music too.
Suitable for ages 3-8 years
To check out the reviews and latest price click here
Charles Jacobs Ride on Kids Motorcycle/Scooter
This is a fab little kids electric bike and it comes with excellent reviews. You can get the bike in two different colours – pink and navy. I love the classic scooter look and I think kids will love it too.
It’s a 6v battery operated bike which has three wheels at the back (making it a trike I guess!) for extra stability. It has forward and reverse and a maximum speed of 3 km/h.
For ages 3-7!
To check out the reviews of this electric bike for kids and the latest price click here.
Motocross Electric Scramber Motorbike Ride on
This is a really fun bike for kids who like to pretend to be bike riders. It comes with stabilisers so it’s still great for young children to play on.
It’s powered by a 6v battery and has a maximum speed of 3km per hour. It’s suitable for ages 3-8 and for just one rider at a time.
It’s a really good value electric ride on – probably the cheapest item around at the moment, definitely one to consider.
Best 12v kids cars
12v ride ons and cars have more power than the 6v versions (unsurprisingly!) and also come with a slightly higher price tag. They also sometimes come with parent remotes making the cars last a lot longer and be suitable for a longer age range – use the remote when they are little and need help controlling it and let them take to the pedals when they are a bit older.
Range Rover Style kids ride on car
This is an excellent little car for the price with lots of features and I can personally vouch for this version which a little girl I looked after had. It’s well built with one seat (and room for some teddies) and is easily drivable.
It has a parent remote so that you can take control if need be and has some fun music and lights to blare out while driving along. Seat belts are also included and it’s 12v battery should last for about an hour of driving time.
To check out more details for this car and reviews click here
Kids 2 seater 12v wrangler style Jeep 4×4
Many of the electric cars around are only one seater even if they look like they have two. This 4×4 style Jeep is the only one on this page that will fit 2 children in it – perfect for twins or young siblings or even if you have friends who come round often.
There are 2 separate speeds and a maximum of 8km per hour. Like many of the other cars on here the car makes noises with the horn and also by playing music too – lots of fun!
This will run for 1 hour on a full charge which is quite good for these kinds of toys and once empty needs 10 hours of charge so at least a good overnight one.
Licensed electric ride on cars
There are many versions of these battery powered ride on toys available as you’ll see – perhaps what tickles your fancy is a mini version of your own car. If so you could look for a licensed version of the car you drive yourself so that your child is literally a mini version of you! Licensed electronic cars sometimes (but not always) come with a slightly higher price tag though, but they can be really fun.
Licensed Mercedes ML350 Electric Ride on Kids car
This genuine Mercedes ride on car is lovely and sporty and if you have your own Merc why not treat your little one to one as well!! If your kids are anything like mine and know their car makes and models then this one will surely go down very well.
This is a 6V car so not as powerful, but it comes highly recommended from parents as a really fun electric ride on.
To find out more, read reviews and check the latest price click here
Personalise their ride!
Finally, why not personalise the cars just for your little one by getting some personalised licence plates for them? These would be perfect little additions to a gift of an electric car or something cheap to add in to a stocking.
Although these toy cars can sometimes represent a fairly big investment, the play value is also huge and I really think they are a great thing to have in your arsenal of outdoor toys for kids especially if your garden is big enough, or if your street is safe they’re really cool toys to have. Kids love pretending to be adults and let’s face it, most of us drive or have access to cars! Finding the best electric car for kids can be a tricky thing to do but I hope that my article has helped you out today!