AK-47 maker Kalashnikov chases Tesla with Soviet-style electric vehicle

AK-47 maker Kalashnikov chases Tesla with Soviet-style electric vehicle

AK-47 maker Kalashnikov chases Tesla with Soviet-style electric vehicle

[The firm] presented the eggshell-blue prototype vehicle, the CV-1, at an event near the capital, Moscow. A prototype, which looks like a 1970s Soviet hatchback, is on display at a military forum near Moscow.

"This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric auto producers such as Tesla and be their competitor", RIA-Novosti further quoted the Kalashnikov press-service as saying.

The company, Kalashnikov, said it based the design of the new CV-1 on a 1970s Soviet hatchback, the Izh 2125 "Kombi," and it couldn't look more different from the futuristic Tesla range with which it wants to compete. Tesla's Model S, by comparison, has a 335-mile range.

In a statement, the weapons manufacturer turned automaker said that the new CV-1 had a number of complex systems that would "let us stand in the ranks of global vehicle producers as Tesla".

Kalashnikov recently expanded beyond firearms, launching a clothing line and a host of accessories, like umbrellas and smartphone covers.


"Your tanks are great, but it would be better if you stayed away from cars", one user wrote.

Few other details have been provided on the CV-1.

In a statement published online, Kalashnikov referred to the CV-1 as an "electric supercar" and noted that it offers a 90 kilowatt battery pack and can travel 220 miles on a single charge.

Among the more advanced new hopefuls is China's NIO Inc., filing for a potential $1.8 billion listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Closer to its roots as one of the world's leading makers of assault rifles, Kalashnikov at the same time debuted a 13-foot tall combat robot dubbed "Little Igor".

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