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



Kalashnikov electric car 2
The car from the front,
August 2018.

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  • The makers of the world’s most famous rifle, the AK-47,
    have shown off a concept electric car they say can rival
  • Russian company Kalashnikov launched the Soviet-style
    CV-1 at the Army 2018 military exposition in Moscow.
  • Kalashnikov told Russian news outlet RBK on
    Thursday that they expect it to “keep up” with

  • It can run for about 217 miles according to the
    company, reaching 60 mph in six seconds. 

The Russian company behind the AK47 launched an electric car at a
Moscow military expo on Tuesday – and claim it can rival Elon
Musk’s Tesla.

Kalashnikov said
they’ve based the design of the new CV-1 on
a 1970s Soviet hatchback, the IZh 2125
 – and it couldn’t be more different from the
futuristic Tesla range with which it wants to compete.

The car’s
, according to the company website, include
battery capacity of 90 kW per
220 kW of power, and
cruising range of 217 miles (350

Here’s a video by Kalashnikov’s showing off the car:

They say the car goes from 0 to 62 mph in 6 seconds.
The CV-1 is still in the concept phase, and Kalashnikov haven’t
suggested a launch date or a price.

They launched the brand-new model at the international forum
which is a showcase of 28,000 military items from 1,500

Kalashnikov electric car 3
The car from the front,
August 2018.

Kalashnikov Concern

Kalashnikov electric car
The CV-1 electric car from
behind, August 2018.

Concern Media

When Russian news outlet RBK
asked the Kalashnikov spokesperson
how the CV-1 was better
than a Tesla “she could not name the specific advantages of
the Kalashnikov car,” they reported.

Kalashnikov spokeswoman Sofia Ivanova also told RBC: “The car
is competing with Tesla because it’s currently a successful
electric vehicle project. We expect to at least keep up with it.”

Here’s a video by Kalashnikov’s showing off the car:

The company also brought out a weird golden military robot at the

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