Russian firm Kalashnikov has launched the CV-1 electric car
Russian gun manufacturer says «revolutionary» technology will help its retro-styled CV-1 take on electric rivals
Kalashnikov, the Russian manufacturing giant best known for its AK47 assault rifle, has unveiled the CV-1, a retro-styled 295bhp electric car that it claimed offers Tesla-rivalling performance.
The prototype CV-1 was launched at the Army 2018 International Military Technical Forum in Kubinka, Russia. The car’s styling is based on that of the 1970s Izh 2125 Combi.
The CV-1 uses modular batteries, with a total capacity of 90kWh, which Kalashnikov says are powered through a “revolutionary inverter” that measures 50x50x100cm. A range of 220 miles is cited for the car.
While no specifics were given about the CV-1’s motor, Kalashnikov cites an output of 295bhp, with a claimed 0-62mph time of around six seconds.
According to the RIA-Novosti news agency’s press office, a Kalashnikov spokesperson said: “This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car products such as Tesla and be their competitors.”
The original 2121 Kombi was produced by Izh, a subsidiary of Lada parent firm AvtoVaz, between 1973 and 1997. The hatchback, itself based on a Moskvitch 412, was initially powered by a 1.5-litre 69bhp engine.
Best known for its guns, Kalashnikov produces a wide range of military and civilian weapons and other systems. These include a number of bikes and off-road vehicles, and the firm recently unveiled a four-metre-tall, 4.5-tonne manned robot named Igorek.