Henes Broon F870 is the first all-electric vehicle for kids

Henes Broon F870 is an awesome precision-engineered, high-performance luxury car for kids.This car has independent suspension, disc brakes, Android-based infotainment system, fully operational lights,sound system and a lot of other things that make this car not just a toy.

1/11/15 4:00 am chumakdenis 1

A South Korean firm has designed a different kind of electric vehicle for kids with parents who have quite deep pockets. The electric ride-on is called the Broon F870.

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Independent suspension. Disc brakes. Android-based infotainment system. Fully operational lights and sound system. A Bluetooth remote that lets you drive it around like a big ol’ RC car. User-configurable top speed and driving modes. Excellent battery life. Plenty of giddy-up.

It has dual electric motors and can scoot along at 10mph, which is twice as fast as those cheap Power Wheels cars. The car features dual motors and all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive likely means all those donuts Power Wheels are famous for will be hard to pull off.

Features

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The F870 is packed with a surprising amount of features for a toy with a leather bucket seat, four point harness, working head light and taillights, a speaker system, folding side mirrors, and a coil spring suspension. It even has a 7-inch Android tablet with HDMI output in the center of the dash and a Bluetooth remote for parents to control the car from afar.

Android tablet

That tablet displays the car’s speed, lets parents adjust various settings, and streams music to the car’s speakers. The tablet also lets you tweak safety features, like maximum speed and its driving mode. Cooler still, the car has a self-diagnosis feature. If anything goes wrong, you can have the car analyze itself and tell you what’s wrong with it.

Tablet can also act as an MP3 player for the onboard sound system. It sounds a lot like a scaled down Tesla Model S.

How to charge this beauty?

You can recharge this fully electric ride from any wall outlet - not that you’ll do much charging, because its range is excellent.

This vehicle uses the same kind of 24V/14Ah rechargeable unit found in some electric bikes and scooters. 

Driving modes

There are three driving modes beyond full remote-control mode: “Comfort” mode makes acceleration and braking slow and easy. “Normal” - used for most of our testing - increases the sensitivity of the gas and brake pedals for a little more yee-haw; “Dynamic” mode cranks it all up to whiplash levels.

Suspension and steering

2743.pngHandling is equally nimble.Differential steering controlled by an aluminum-alloy gearbox and a short wheelbase make the F870 capable of surprisingly sharp handling. The suspension and the steering truly make it more like a real car than a toy. Adding to the realism are working headlights, brake lights, hazard lights, and turn signals. The signals automatically engage whenever you take a left or right. All of this make the Broon a legitimate learning tool.

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Any drawbacks?

There was one issue with the remote control, however, and it’s significant. The big emergency stop button on the top of the remote - designed to stop the car and shut it down in an emergency - didn’t work consistently. Perhaps the fact our car was a prototype meant the kinks are still being worked out. Or perhaps it only works when the car is in RC mode. Either way, it didn’t work in Normal mode.

That’s the only big issue we found, but we have some quibbles. While the car’s polycarbonate body is incredibly durable and ding-resistant - I crashed it into a wall (no passengers) at a fairly high speed, damaging the wall but not the car - the plasticky trunk and hood feel flimsy. And the body panels are shaky and slippery when you’re carrying the 60-pound ride, a task that takes two people.

The car’s “key,” a small polycarbonate rod that stows under the dashboard, is easily lost–and you definitely want to keep it away from toddlers’ mouths. You don’t need the key to start the motor - that’s done with a button on the dash - but it pops the trunk, which you’ll need to do to turn the car’s main power on and recharge the battery.

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Should I buy this car for my child?

As long as your kid is the right age, this is their dream ride. The car is rated for ages 1-5, and Koerner says 5 might be the sweet spot. That’s the age at which most kids are the right size and have enough mental capacity to get the most out of the car. 

How much does it cost?

The cost to make your kid the envy of the neighborhood is surprisingly cheap considering the features of the car; the F870 costs somewhere between $895 and $1000.

P.S. Keep in mind that the car is very small and kids around 4-feet tall will find it a tight fit.

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