From AKs to EVs: Kalashnikov launches prototype to rival Tesla


Russian based Kalashnikov has launched an electric vehicle with a range of 220 miles on a single charge.

The CV-1 is a retro looking car and has been modeled after the Izh combi, which was the first Soviet hatchback.

According to a statement the CV-1 car features a number of “complex systems” with technology that would “let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla”.

The firm behind the AK-47 assault rifle presented the prototype vehicle at a defense expo near Moscow.

The cost, as well as the hardware under the hood is being kept from the public for now however, they have stated a revolutionary inverter is the reason for the power.

The statement from Kalashnikov further added that when fully developed, the car 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.

This is not the first entry into the EV space. The company tried to launch electric motorbikes last year, for military and police use. The bikes have a range of 93 miles.

In 2017, EV sales in Russia jumped by 28% from the previous year, amounting to an increase from 74 EVs to a mere 95.

Russia’s EV market has a great deal of growth potential, with increased focus on EVs and charging infrastructure being developed .