Kalashnikov launches electric car


It's estimated that there are over 75 million AK47s in the world, a number equal to one fifth of the planet's entire cache of firearms. But despite owning the rights to such a lucrative product - even 70 years after its creation, it still enjoys a 20 per cent share of the market - manufacturer Kalashnikov is looking to diversify.

To help it in this quest it has announced the CV-1, a battery-powered electric car which, in true Kalashnikov fashion, is based on a decades-old Soviet design. Unveiled at this week's International Military Technical Forum (alongside a manned, 4.5 tonne, bipedal military robot named Igorek, because Russia) the CV-1 takes its cues from the Izh 2125 Combi a 1.5-litre, 70hp machine first produced in 1973.

Unlike its forebear, however, the CV-1 will use modular battery technology and a "revolutionary inverter" design for an output of around 300hp and a range of 217 miles.

"This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor" the company stated. If it's half as successful as Kalashnikov's most infamous creation, it'll do far more than that.



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  • Hansgerd 24 Aug 2018

    Is it April 1st today ?

  • geeks 24 Aug 2018

    Love the retro look and notice its shod with R888R's got to love those mentalists! If they launch it and if it looks like this I will certainly ponie up for one as it would be just hilarious!

  • kambites 24 Aug 2018

    That's taking the whole modern trend for retro cars a step further. They've even replicated 1970s Austin panel gaps.

  • HorneyMX5 24 Aug 2018

    geeks said:
    Love the retro look and notice its shod with R888R's got to love those mentalists! If they launch it and if it looks like this I will certainly ponie up for one as it would be just hilarious!
    I spotted the R888Rs as well, must be needed to handle all of that instant torque.

  • ElectricSoup 24 Aug 2018

    There is no way a 70s Moskvich design will pass European safety standards and gain approval for sale. No way. Surely.

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