Cars: Russian Gun-maker 'Kalashnikov' Now Makes Electric Cars

Russian Kalashnikov now wants to make electric cars, and looks at Tesla

Kalashnikov, maker of the AK-47 rifle, showed in Moscow the CV-1, prototype electric vehicle with retro look

The Kalashnikov, world renowned Russian manufacturer AK-47 rifle, is targeting in the electric car segment.

Seeking to diversify areas of activity, the company is looking for new targets and announced that it intends to produce an electric model. The announcement was made this week in Moscow during an arms fair. The prototype CV-1 is an electric model with retro style, based on the Izh-Kombi, a popular Soviet Union car in the 1970s. According to official information, the model has a range of 350 km, and the Tesla.

Currently, the company sells up to a line of clothing and accessories, ranging from umbrellas to cell phone covers.


According to official information, the CV-1 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in 6 seconds. And the battery only weighs 50 kg.

Racing by electric car

Electric cars are the trend of the moment, and have attracted the attention of both established automakers and new competitors. Tesla rocked the structure of the industry, but the traditional car manufacturers recovered from the shock and began to invest heavily in the segment. This is the case of Volkswagen, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, etc.

Among the newcomers, the Chinese NIO has invested a lot. And Dyson, the American manufacturer of vacuum cleaners, was surprised to say that it intends to produce an electric vehicle by 2020. To do so, it would be earmarking US $ 1.3 billion (about $ 5.3 million) .

Perhaps to avoid a shot in the foot, Kalashnikov did not provide details on CV-1 production and sales plans.

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