15 Best Electric Cars for Kids to Ride in 2020
Beep, beep! Baby on board but not just that, this time baby is driving the bus. (Uh oh!) But not to worry: these electric cars are built for little ones to be able to take the wheel. Ride-along cars help children develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, responsibility, and reflexes. And they’re also just plain fun. Kids love mimicking mom and dad, and driving is one of the grown up activities they most look forward to. These ten electric vehicles are some of the best “first cars” you can gift to a child. They’re all lauded as the most durable, safest, and kid-approved models on the market. Buckle up!
In a Hurry? The test winner after 16 hrs of research
Spins in circles
Separate parent remote
Great for age 1.5 and up
- Kidzone Bumper Car
- Moderno Kiddie Roadster
- Best Choice Products Land Rover
- Uenjoy Mercedes Benz
- Kidsclub Fire Truck
- Peg Perego John Deere Force Tractor
- Best Choice Products Ride On Truck
- Green Dune Racer
- Kid Motorz Hummer H2
- JAXPETY Vintage
- Hauck Paw Patrol Cruiser
- Uenjoy Lamborghini Aventador
- Rock Wheels Bentley
- Uenjoy Concept Ride
- TOMY John Deere Gator
15 Best Electric Cars for Kids Reviewed
1. Kidzone Bumper Car
Spins in circles
Separate parent remote
Great for age 1.5 and up
Short battery life
Sure, driving back and forth is one way to travel, but what about around in circles? With this bumper car, get ready for non-stop giggles! What we love most about this design is that your little one can power it with the joysticks along the side to spin around in circles and turn your driveway into a fun carnival ride! Plus, it comes in a ton of bright and fun colors to cheer up any dreary day.Read more
What makes this design a best seller is that there are two ways to control how you travel. The joysticks along the side allow your little one to control where they go. If they aren’t quite up to controlling it themselves, it also comes with a separate parent remote to take your little one on a fun ride without getting up out of your lawn chair.
This design is made for children that are one and a half years and above. Little ones that are under the age of three are recommended to have parents control the device with the easy to use remote included with purchase. Plus, this machine requires no assembly. Simply pop it out of the box and your little one is ready to roll.
The best part about this design is that it is incredibly sturdy. The ABS plastic frame is designed to withstand a few bumps and bruises without fall apart. While it does have the ability to move back and forth, the real fun happens when it spins in a 360-degree circle. With a series of flashing lights on the base and fun colors to select from, you can’t go wrong with this exciting and unique design!
2. Moderno Kiddie Roadster
Parental Remote Control
2-3 speeds available based on who’s driving
Audio hookup to play music
Harness seat belt
Soft start and braking functions
Kids’ controls don't’ turn off when the Parental remote is on
Turning is tricky from Parental remote
When the little ones are ready to ride in an electric car, but the parents completely comfortable with them steering the entire operation, this is a great option. It features a three speed parental controlled remote to completely control every function like they were right in the car riding with their little one. The car also has the ability to be controlled, but the driver. So from dependent to independent this car will drive you through both stages.Read more
With a harnessed seat belt, this car is safe for kids between one and three years of age, so if you have a toddler who’s itching for their own ride-on, this is the car for you. The Parental Remote allows you to stop the car, drive it forward or reverse, pick between high and low speeds, and turn the lights on and off. A soft start and electric brake system mean no jerky, bumpy rides.
It’s battery powered, by a 12V (like most ride-on cars), with two motors, and two speeds available to children. A parental remote allows adults to choose between three speeds, ranging between 2 MPH and 4 MPH.
The wheels feature traction bands for tough surfaces, and an MP3 player integrated into the car allows audio input from Micro SD cards, USB Flash Drives, and external music devices like iPods, iPhones, and Androids. Kids can rock out while they roll along!
3. Best Choice Products Land Rover
Longer battery life
Working music player
Finicky remote control
The beauty is in the details with this Land Rover from Best Choice Products. Get to where you are going in style with this sleek red (or black or white) SUV designed to seat two little ones comfortably. It has a detailed dashboard that looks like the real thing and a few extra features that make it stand out from the pack.Read more
What kids love most about this design is that it boasts a detailed dashboard and seats that look like the real thing! Controls include forward and reverse options, as well as a brake. Kids also love the real working headlights as well as a music player built into the dashboard.
This heavy-duty design boasts deeply treaded tires (great for off-roading) and an impressive 4-wheel suspension. It also has a low-speed setting of 1.8 miles per hour and maxes out at around 3.7 miles per hour. Users found that the battery lasts about 1.5 hours before the power starts to drop off a bit.
If you are in the market for something that is great for driveways or the lawn, you can’t go wrong with the Land Rover. While it clocks in at a pretty steep price point, the details and additional features as well as a slightly extended battery life make it a great option.
4. Uenjoy Mercedes Benz
Plays music from the radio or via bluetooth/USB
Both sets of wheels are designed with the spring suspension system
Seatbelt and double lockable doors provide extra safety
Equipped with three different speeds
Instructions may be hard to understand
In great details this ride on car is a scaled down version of a Mercedes-Benz and is really impressive. It features a parent controlled mode and a manual operation mode. The two mode ride on car is designed and has many functions just like the real car. Each of the cars has LED lights, an MP3 player, and even a power display. The details will really shine through on this electric ride on car and the kids will love the details as much.Read more
The foot pedal and shift lever makes it easy for children to operate this vehicle independently. Included with the car is a parental remote that allows you to operate the vehicle while your child sits comfortably. The front and rear wheels are designed with spring suspension which will provide your child with a smooth ride indoors and outdoors. The seatbelt and the double lockable door will keep your child safely inside the vehicle. When purchasing you can choose between a pink or a black Mercedes.
Equipped with 13.7 inch seat, this car is only able to hold one child that weighs under 77 pounds. The two 12 volt motors allow the car to go three different speeds.
While this car does allow you to play music via Bluetooth or the USB port, it is also equipped with preset songs and stories to keep your child entertained as they drive. In fact it even allows you child to listen to FM radio. The fully functional horn lets bystanders know your child is coming through.
5. Kidsclub Fire Truck
Great battery life
Easy to operate
Does your little one run to the window at the distant sound of fire truck sirens? This fire truck design from Kidsclub is packed with all of the accessories needed to successfully extinguish all imaginary fires safely and effectively. The best part? It even comes with a fireman hat to fit the role perfectly!Read more
This 12-volt truck it's easily operated with the steering wheel and the gas pedal inside of the truck. Parents also have the ability to steer the truck with the parental remote control that is included with the purchase. One fully charged battery lasts anywhere between 60 and 120 minutes.
The best part about this truck is all of the accessories that are included. In the back of the truck are a hose, fire extinguisher, helmet, and a water pistol! It has a real working horn, sirens, and flashing lights along the top as well.
If your little one loves fire trucks, you can’t go wrong with this design from Kidsclub. We love that it is packed with accessories to keep kids engaged and allows their imagination to really take off while working on their fine motor skills through play!
6. Peg Perego John Deere Force Tractor
Authentic steering wheel
Ultra-Large tractor wheels
Adjustable seat and armrests
Doesn’t mimic industrial engine sounds
Low speed variation
Let the little one take on the outdoor world with this awesome tractor. It will truly take their outdoor experience to a whole new level. They will be excited to listen to their FM radio as they cruise the yard, and then detach the trailer for a whole new look. The tractor has many features including an adjustable seat, two speeds, and supportive armrests that really just add to the details. One of the best features is the smooth handling and ride that parents will feel comfortable letting the kid’s adventure around the yard.Read more
The seat is fully adjustable while the armrests can be easily flipped up for easy access. You can look at the John Deere Ground Force Tractor as the farm equipment equivalent of a 4WD off-roader. The steering wheel is designed to mimic the real thing. It also features an FM radio to make farming more pleasant and enjoyable
The John Deere has a maximum speed of 4.5 miles per hour and is a firm favorite in our list. For younger farmers-to be, this electric car can be set to a maximum speed of 2.25 MPH so you don’t have to worry about your younger children getting themselves into trouble.
This farming electric car for kids to drive provides a very realistic experience of driving. Powered by a 12-volt rechargeable battery, the tractor’s large wheels can roll over any terrain with ease whether it be on a real farm where it’s all dirt, mud, and grass or even right at the park, your very own backyard, or the beach. You kid can also take it for a spin around the neighborhood complete with a wooden stake-sided trailer.
7. Best Choice Products Ride On Truck
Single rider electric truck
Best suited for ages 3 years old to 8 years old
Features; operation by rider or by remote control
Includes 3 speed options; low, medium, and high
Encourages development of fine and gross motor skills
Two lower speeds are very slow
Battery life is short
Cruising in the truck that is just their size will be their new favorite thing to do. As the sun shines down, they have their tunes on, and the grass is below their wheels they will be cruising like they were born to do this. The truck offers two modes of driving with a parental controlled mode and manual mode to make sure that they are always safe, no matter where they want to go.Read more
The body has been constructed from a non-toxic plastic and has a working seat belt, gear shifter, doors that magnetically close and LED lights. There are three speed options; low, medium, and high plus it even has a built-in radio.
The weight capacity is 65 pounds and has a rechargeable battery that is included. Get ready to have some fun in the park or back yard with this one.
This ride on car can be operated either by the driver in the car by pressing the pedal or by remote control. It is great for both experienced riders and new to the electric car game. It offers a spring suspension, great traction with 14-inch wheels, and fun features on the exterior that make it look just like the real thing. The radio can play tunes from the local stations or plug in their own playlist with the AUX cable.
8. Green Dune Racer
Two person electric ride on Dune vehicle
Features traction system with superpowers
Includes two speeds in forward mode and one in reverse
Chrome line cockpit with metal sidebars for added support
Power braking system for smooth stopping
No indication for battery level, no way to tell when running low
A lot of assembly required
Kids love getting into the driver’s seat and just going. This electric ride on is a great way to provide your little one with a fun way to get out and about but still remains safe. The Dune Racer is designed to be used outdoors and features a monster tractor system that gets them going on many different types of surfaces. Where many electric ride ons for little ones will not go on wet grass this Dune Racer will take it head on and even uneven terrain will do stop it.Read more
The design of the Dune Racer features a steel frame that is super sturdy and very durable. It will take your kids places that other ride on will not even go. It also has some super flashy chrome work around the open cockpit area that is right on point. Designed to give the riders two speeds in forward drive and then one in reverse they will have full control of their adventures.
The Dune Racer can accommodate up to two riders at one time. The rider’s cockpit is designed to comfortably seat two riders in the roomy area. From behind the wheel or letting them ride with their bestie the kids will have a blast taking on some wild or not so wild adventure with this easy to steer and smooth stopping ride.
Empower those little ones with the confidence that they need to take on their next adventure with this electric car. From riding on wet grass to taking on rough terrain this Dune Racer is one of the most versatile designs on the market. Because of the traction system that takes on terrain like a monster the kids will have some epic adventures in this ride on like no other.
9. Kid Motorz Hummer H2
High weight capacity
Easy to drive
Short battery life
If you want something that is built tough for taking off of the driveway and onto the yard, this Hummer H2 is a great option from Kid Motorz. It is made from strong and durable materials that are kid-tough, and it is super easy to control. Plus, it is able to hit high speeds that are quite faster than some of the other designs that we have seen so far!Read more
The biggest feature of this vehicle is how fast it can travel. On a fully charged battery, this machine is able to hit top speeds of up to 5 miles per hour! It is also composed of simple and solid panels that are able to take quite a beating without falling apart. It is designed to be used on the driveway, and can even be used in the yard as well.
The dashboard is super simple and doesn’t boast a lot of extra bells and whistles as some of the other designs that we have seen so far. It has easy controls for the gas and brakes, and an easy-to-grip steering wheel. The 12-volt battery provides users with up to 60 minutes of power, and sometimes a little longer depending upon how fast you drive.
Your little one is bound to love the look and feel of this sturdy and dependable Hummer H2! Parents love that it is easy to put together, and sports an open frame that is easy to climb in and out of. While it may cost a little bit more than some of the more affordable options out there, we think that it comes in at a really great value.
10. JAXPETY Vintage
Want something that is a little less powerful and a lot more affordable? This sleek and simple one-seater from JAXPETY may not have the same power as some of the others that we have seen, but the 6-volt battery and smaller frame make it much more affordable for families on a budget. We love that it boasts a small and classic frame with smart details to keep your little one entertained and safe.Read more
While made of the other designs out there boast a 12-volt battery, this classic vehicle only has a 6-volt battery. The power of the battery doesn’t affect the drive time, it only affects the speed. This makes this design a great option if you want something that is slightly slower and safer than some of the faster designs on the market.
The style of this ride is one of its best features. Instead of boasting a modern design, it has a classic vintage design that is unlike anything else out there on the market. Also, it only holds one passenger instead of the standard two, which is important to note.
These toys often clock in at a pretty steep price point, but this classic design from JAXPETY comes in at one of the most affordable prices out there on the market. Like all classic automobiles, it may not be the fastest ride on the block, but it certainly is the most stylish!
11. Hauck Paw Patrol Cruiser
Real working lights
Tire wear quickly
Do you live in a Paw Patrol household? If your little one can’t get enough of those pooches, this cruiser it’s bound to be a hit! What we love most about this ride is that it is super easy to assemble and ride, and boasts sound effects to activate your child's imagination. What we love most about this vehicle is that it comes in at a price point that won’t break the bank.Read more
The very first thing that we noticed about this design is that it has a frame that looks like it was lifted right out of the cartoon. It boasts bright blue LED lights that light up brightly in the dark, and has real working headlights that they can turn off and on. The design of the wheels makes it great both indoors and out, but not great for grass and uneven surfaces.
While this design clocks in at a reasonable price point, it does have a few limitations. The maximum weight limit of this machine is only 66 pounds, which is slightly less than many of the other options on our list. The 6-volt battery also means that it will not hold a charge as long, which is another thing to keep in mind before you make your final decision.
This slick little ride is perfect for toddlers that simply cannot get enough of those adorable cartoon pooches. It is packed with features to keep your little one engaged and entertained, and clocks in at a price point that won’t break the bank.
12. Uenjoy Lamborghini Aventador
Finicky gas pedal
Looking for something that is a little more sporty? This Lamborghini Aventador not only looks sharp, but it is also packed with a lot of extra bells and whistles your little one is sure to love. It is simple to control, and boasts those classic upward-lifting Uenjoy 12V Kids Electric Ride On Car Lamborghini doors!Read more
What we loved about this design is that it had two methods of control. If your child is too small, parents can control the speed and direction using a remote control that is included with your purchase. As they get bigger, there are easy to use interior controls to drive the vehicle as well as speed shifters.
Kids love that the dashboard is packed with extra bells and whiles like the real thing. Little ones can honk the horn, turn on the lights, and even play music with the included USB port provided! All of the additional features are simple to use, for parents as well as your little ones!
As with any Lamborghini, the price tag is a bit higher than some of the other designs that we have seen on our list. However, if you want something that boasts a sleek design and is packed with fun features to keep you little ones occupied, it is worth every penny!
13. Rock Wheels Bentley
Easy to control
Light up dashboard
Finicky parent remote
Limited weight capacity
Ride around in your driveway and down the sidewalk in style with this 12-volt Bentley from Rock Wheels! This one-seater is packed with sharp features that make it look like the real thing. It is easy to control, easy to assemble and comes in at a price point that makes it worth checking out.Read more
The very first thing that we noticed about this model is that it has a sleek dashboard that lights up with cool LED lighting. Your little one is able to control it manually inside of the vehicle, or you can control where they go with a remote control that is included with purchase. It is offered in black or white, both boast sharp interior trim.
This design boasts a 12-volt battery that is able to achieve two different speeds. The low setting is just over 1 MPH, and the higher setting is just over 3 MPH. From what we have read from previous users, the battery life is pretty impressive when compared to other designs. It lasts anywhere between 2-3 hours before it needs to be recharged.
If you are in the market for a sleek design that is packed with bells and whistles and a powerful battery, this design from Rock Wheels is a great option. Parents love that it is easy to assemble and use, and clocks in at a price point that won’t break the bank.
14. Uenjoy Concept Ride
Light up wheels
Great for toddlers
Faulty parent remote
This design from Uenjoy looks to the future for its design. It boasts a frame that doesn’t look like anything else out there on the market. It has a band of lights along the front as well as the wheels that flash and light up with the music that plays from the dashboard. Plus, it comes in at one of the most affordable prices out there on the market.Read more
What we love most about this simple design is that it has gentle wheels that can be used indoors (on hard floors), or outside in the driveway as well. It has a locking feature that keeps your little one snug and secure as they drive it.
This design boasts a 6-volt battery, which means that it's as fast or powerful as some of the other designs that we have seen. However, this simple and slow design is perfect for your little ones to teach motor skills on a slow and dependable interactive ride.
If you are on the market for something slower and interactive for your little one, this futuristic Concept Ride from Uenjoy is a great choice. The best part? It is one of the most affordable ride-on designs currently out there on the market.
15. TOMY John Deere Gator
Included water cannons
Music input jack
Light up headlights
Sensitive gas pedal
It’s as if the fine folks at TOMY asked what features children wanted out of their car, and then made the John Deere Gator! What makes this design stand out from the crowd is the additional toys mounted on the roof to take the fun to a whole new level! It’s designed for ages 3 and up, and is super easy to control!Read more
Our favorite feature of this design is the pair of water cannons mounted on the roof. Your little one can fill up their cannons, mount them on the roof,and then go out on the prowl for an unsuspecting target! It even boasts storage in the trunk to bring along other toys as well.
This design uses a 6 volt battery, and is able to reach high speeds of about 2.5 miles per hour. It has a weight limit of 75 pounds, and only seats one child at a time. Kids love that it has an input jack to jam out to some of their favorite tunes as they go for a drive.
One thing worth noting is that we found that the gas pedal is incredibly sensitive. One slight press and it's off to the races (at a top speed of 2.5 MPH)! TOMY suggests that this design should be used by little ones that are 3 years and up.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When looking at the overall design of each car there were a couple of additional factors we took into account. >We had to consider the developmental appropriateness of the electric vehicle especially when taken in the light of the recommended age. We wanted to add only cars that would stimulate your child’s development while they were riding them. For example, cars that allow your child to drive independently will increase their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.We also had to look at safety and stability issues especially the battery charging mechanisms. Furthermore, cars that had seatbelts and/or double locking doors made our list because they ensured that your child would remain in the vehicle. Cars that are designed with a spring suspension system on the wheels will reduce the risk of injury as they provide a smooth ride. Cars that are available in a variety of different colors were added to the list because they appeal to children of all ages and genders.
When looking at the capacity of each ride on vehicle we looked at the weight limit as well as the various speeds. We wanted to include a variety of options for families with multiple children as well as options for families with one child. Paying attention to the levels of speed was important because it plays into your child's safety. In fact, we made sure to include several vehicle with parental features that allow you to control the speed at which your child drives. While the weight and speed capacity varies from vehicle to vehicle we made sure they were all appropriate for the target age range.
Another factor we took into account is the authenticity of the product, as we feel the more authentic the car is the higher the entertainment value for the child. We want to remain culturally relevant, whether it is using a keyed-ignition for the design or a push-button starter, a manual or automatic stick shift. Whatever a child witnesses in their everyday life with Mom and Dad, or other adults on TV, we wanted it to reflect in our products — the look and the feel! Who wouldn’t want the authentic chrome-look of wheels on a Ford F-150 truck? Not just the look and the feel, we want the same quality and design of durability expected of a trusted auto manufacturer. This includes the sturdy steel-frame structure of the Dune Buggy; the all-terrain tires of the John Deere model tractor; the familiar engine roar and MP3 tunes to accompany the sporty ride that's always turning heads in that direction!
Motorized vehicles for kids, when used with friends, helps greatly improve social development. They learn the value of taking turns and of sharing their vehicles with other children. When friends ride along as passengers, they learn that it is a lot more enjoyable to drive and ride in the company of friends than doing it alone. This helps foster friendships and more mutually beneficial relationships.
As with any electrical and mechanical toy, it is important that you are responsible and monitor your children's movements when playing with motorized vehicles. Make sure you buy reputable brands, like the products featured in this list, and always stay in a safe residential area away from busy roads and cars.
Other Factors to Consider
Electric cars are great examples of ride-on toys that are otherwise similar to pedal-powered vehicles, except for the fact that these run on battery power. Nevertheless, these playthings are excellent for helping kids develop their psychomotor skills particularly in terms of their visual-motor coordination, balance, and proprioception. Flicking on switches also help enhance dexterity and master their control of fine motor movements. More importantly, however, is these playthings’ ability to encourage role-playing and pretend play among children.
This can have a significant impact on their cognitive development especially in terms of problem-solving, spatial reasoning, and understanding of cause and effect relationships. These can lay the foundation for more complex thinking and reasoning skills such as critical thinking, creative thinking, counterfactual reasoning, and divergent thinking. For example, when given a particular terrain to navigate through, their brains are processing a lot of information to help them decide which path to take or whether to run over the obstacle or not. They are also processing the possible consequences of every action that they decide to take. Thus, these kids ride-on cars help children develop their ability to predict based on their understanding of cause and effect relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How do we gauge the authenticity of the product design?
In some ways, the specs speak for themselves. Savvy parents can see thorough research and dialogue our company made with car manufacturers to mirror the authentic driving experience to meet their child’s needs.
q: Is the maximum weight restriction/capacity enough?
q: What is the point of equipping these cars with “real life” radio or engine sounds?
It is proven that our auditory functions and familiar with the world begin in-utero. From an incredibly early age, we begin to make sense of our environment through auditory senses. This helps to reinforce socio-cognitive function, as well as begin the early development of hand-eye coordination - it truly is a skill to rock-out to a tune while steering a vehicle!
q: Why a maximum speed of only 7 mph?
This is the speed that a parent would probably feel most comfortable without endangering their child. Anything higher, would not be recommended for toddlers or preschoolers.
q: What can I do to get additional battery-life?
We understand that your child can be like the Energizer Bunny when it comes to playing! We recommend limiting use of the battery car in order to conserve the life of the battery. Then, to recharge the battery after nearly every use before it runs out. It’s just like filling up your gas tank every time before it runs on “E”.
q: What is the possible resale value once my child outgrows this toy?
While this is a valid question, there is no easy answer! What can be said, is that these are definitely “legacy-pieces”, whose value will only increase with time.
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