Arms maker Kalashnikov unveils its new electric car

Prototype of Klashnikov's electric car - the CV-1

Russian arms maker Kalashnikov on Thursday presented its new electric car inspired by a rare 1970s model, saying the new technology will rival Elon Musk’s Tesla.

The brand, best known for the AK-47 machine gun, unveiled a decidedly retro-looking pale blue prototype, the CV-1, at a defense expo outside Moscow. The look was inspired by a Soviet hatchback model developed in the 1970s called “Izh-Kombi,” a statement on the Kalashnikov website said.

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Holding company Kalashnikov Concern said it has developed some cutting-edge elements for the ‘electric supercar’, including a ‘revolutionary’ inverter. The vehicle can cover a distance of upto 350 km on one charge. “We are developing our own concept of an electric supercar, which is based on several original systems developed by the concern,” the firm said.

“This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor,” RIA-Novosti further quoted the Kalashnikov press-service as saying. “We were inspired by the experience of global market leaders in developing our concept.”

The capacity of the battery is 90 kWh, the dimensions of which are 50х50х100 cm, and allows to develop power up to 1.2 kW. The nominal capacity of CV-1 — 220 kW peak – 500 kW.

Kalashnikov Concern has long been trying to expand its brand, recently launching lines of clothing and other civilian merchandise ranging from umbrellas to mobile phone covers.

(with agency inputs)

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