Russian arms maker Kalashnikov unveils Tesla-fighting retro electric auto

Russian arms maker Kalashnikov unveils Tesla-fighting retro electric auto

The CV-1 will help Kalashnikov enter the ranks of electric-car producers like Tesla and become a competitor, the manufacturer told news agency RIA Novosti.

The Russian company, best known for producing the AK-47 machine gun, uncovered its new CV-1 "supercar" prototype at this week's International Military Technical Forum near Moscow.

The company claims the CV-1 is made up of complex systems and the technology used in the vehicle will establish Kalashnikov as a global manufacturer of quality electric cars, on par with Elon Musk's Tesla and others.

The look was inspired by a Soviet hatchback model developed in the 1970s called "Izh-Kombi", according to a statement on the Kalashnikov website.

The concert will release an electric vehicle.

The vehicle was unveiled at the ARMY Forum - which describes itself as the "world's leading exhibition of arms and military equipment".


Tim Urquhart, principal analyst at market research firm IHS Automotive, described the design of the CV-1 as "pretty brave" and said it "would only appeal to a limited number of buyers".

A retro-looking pale blue prototype electric vehicle, the CV-1, produced by Russian arms maker Kalashnikov is being displayed in Moscow. The current name designated to this "electric supercar" is CV-1.

Tesla's entry-level Model 3 auto, meanwhile, has a range of 220 to 310 miles.

It does manage a respectable advertised cruising range of 350 kilometers (215 miles), which would put it among the leaders in that department. Over the years, the company has ventured into new business ranging from clothing to making covers for mobile phones.

Kalashnikov did not provide details on production or pricing.

The CV-1 might do well considering this is Russian-built and will be promoted aggressively when it goes into production.

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