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The Shimajiro EV is the coolest customized Tesla Model S yet. Our reasoning for this statement may seem obvious (see photo above), but it's about more than just looks. Ok, it's (mostly) all about the looks.

But there's also the fact that Benesse, a Japanese education company, has chosen to use the American all-electric as a new vehicular version of its こどもちゃれんじ (Children's Challenge) mascot, Shimajiro. That's cool because kids can learn at a young age that big-people cars, like the toy versions, can run on batteries too.

We're not the only one who likes this kawaii Tesla, of course. The electric Shimajiro also gets a big thumbs up from a certain Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima. Of course, we know Tajima-san likes him some Model S, but what we didn't know was the he and Children's Challenge have teamed up in the past to create some online materials about electric cars and his own Pike's Peak challenge.

Sadly, he have no video of Monster putting the car through its tire-smoking paces (because that would be hilarious), though we have managed to track down a few photos, showing the zoomorphic zoomer from different angles. So, definitely check out the back in the gallery because it's as amusing as the front.


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      RyanC
      • 1 Year Ago
      My daughter is absolutely in love with the shimajiro universe. Combine that with my love of the Model S, and it looks like I may have found my next car!!!
      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      That Model S may have a smile on the outside, but I can feel it crying from embarrassment on the inside... =)
        danfred411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @raktmn
        hehe it doesn't seem quite right. sometimes you just have to rest your head in your hands.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe that my love for the car is so much that I still want it. What is wrong with me?
      • 1 Year Ago
      If electric vehicles will ever become practical, battery research and development is the ultimate priority. Here are some goals R&D should aim for:  ● A battery with twice the capacity of Model S’s high-end having the same dimensions/weight/cost ● A battery that costs half as much as the Model S’s high-end while having the same dimensions/weight/capacity ● A battery that’s half the size of the Model S’s high-end with the same capacity/cost. Somebody get on Kickstarter and setup a fund for this! Clearly, this is something we should all give a damn about.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh that is darling.
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, but when is the Hello Kitty variant available ?
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Totes Kawaii!! Its actually good build quality on tge bodywork.
      Matt Brown
      • 1 Year Ago
      Something something fire something.
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well I can say it looks much better than Sergey Brin's Model S. http://b-i.forbesimg.com/ryanmac/files/2013/04/pinktesla.jpg
      joeboarder108
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, looks a lot like the catbus.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla owners desperately seeking contact info so they can get those aero wheel covers...
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        For a while the aero wheels were available in the Model S design studio, but now it seems that they have vanished again. The forum has a picture of the elusive rims: http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/has-anyone-actually-purchased-aero-wheels
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Aero rims removed from design studio: http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/has-anyone-actually-purchased-aero-wheels Still available with winter tires option: http://www.teslamotors.com/en_EU/forum/forums/aero-backsorta
        dyoney@hotmail.com
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        I had the exact same thought. :)
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