Kalashnikov Unveils Electric Car Prototype to Rival Tesla

The Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov, known for the indestructible AK-47, is moving into the battlefield of electric vehicles with their newest product, the CV-1. Its latest departure from the business of weapon-making comes in the form of a retro-looking electric car, with the technology inside stated to be capable of rivaling that of Tesla.

The company revealed an electric car concept at the Russian Defense Ministry’s annual exhibition. The design of this retro-style prototype was inspired from the Soviet hatchback IZh 2125 “Kombi” which was produced during the 70s.

The original IZh 2125 “Kombi”

The electric vehicle will include various complex systems and technology that will permit it to compete against big electric car developers.

The range with one battery charge should be around 350 kilometers, the capacity of the battery is 90 kWh. The electric motor power will be 220 kW, the acceleration to 100 km/h is estimated at 6 seconds. Otherwise, the company is sparse with details on further technical data.

Visually, the CV-1 presents itself in light blue in the retro style of the 70s with a large front and narrow slit headlights. Seemingly lowered, the station wagon stands on wide tires with white multi-spoke rims.

The electric car is still a concept and as such no information on the pricing or launch date was disclosed. However, the prototype will include features such as a high-speed battery modular control system and a “revolutionary” compact inverter, the company said.