The Maker of the AK-47 Is Entering the Electric Car Market

Move Over Elon Musk's Tesla Kalashnikov Unveils'Electric Supercar

The Maker of the AK-47 Is Entering the Electric Car Market

The styling of the vehicle, revealed August 23 at a Russian defense expo, is based on an Izh hatchback from the 1970s, and is a lot boxier and more retro than most modern electric auto offerings.

The company did not respond to a request for more details.

It added that, when fully developed, the auto would have a top speed several times higher than current electric vehicles produced by its firm and would be able to travel 220 miles (350 km) on a single charge.

Technically, one could consider the Kalashnikov CV-1 a restomod show auto rather than a concept auto, though the advertised specifications of the electric powertrain tech underneath are competitive with other modern mass-market electric vehicles.

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AK-47 maker Kalashnikov unveiled its first electric vehicle at a Russian gun show, and it is pretty impressive for a first attempt - the vehicle, dubbed the CV-1, will boast 217 miles of range, 6-second 0-to-60 acceleration, and a unique retro aesthetic.

The CV-1 would allow Kalashnikov to stand side-by-side with global electric auto manufacturers, The Guardian quoted the Kalashnikov press office as saying.

If the notion that a Russian weapons manufacturer becoming a legitimate competitor to Tesla in the electric vehicle game sounds farfetched...well, you're not alone.

Over the years, the company has ventured into new business ranging from clothing to making covers for mobile phones.

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"Your tanks are great, but it would be better if you stayed away from cars", one user wrote. Still, if Tony Stark can make the change...

Their recently-unveiled Igorek ("little Igor"), a giant, heavy manned robot designed for "carrying out engineering and combat tasks", is proof of that.

At a time when robots are competing to become smaller, sleeker and smarter, the company was mocked over the robot's bulky old-fashioned design.

"It's a good PR tool in terms of Kalashnikov's plans for diversification, but I'd be surprised if it was made in anything but very limited numbers", he said.

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