Kalashnikov debuts electric ‘super car’ to compete with Tesla

August 24, 2018

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The Russian manufacturer behind the AK-47 has pulled out the big guns — debuting a retro-style electric car in hopes of leaving Elon Musk’s Tesla in the dust.


Kalashnikov showed off a prototype of its “super car” called the CV-1, a robin’s egg blue incarnation of a Soviet hatchback from the 1970s, at a defense expo outside Moscow on Thursday, BBC News reported.

Once fully developed, the company said, the CV-1 will be able to travel 220 miles on a single charge. It’s unclear how much the car will cost.


“This technology will allow us to stand in line with the world’s electric car manufacturers, like Tesla, and compete with them,” the company told Sputnik News. “We were inspired by the experience of world market leaders when creating our concept.”


Kalashnikov recently expanded beyond firearms, launching a clothing line and a host of accessories, like umbrellas and smartphone covers.


Earlier this week, the company was mocked after unveiling its new manned robot called “Igorek” — or “little Igor.” One person posted a photo of a man on all fours to make fun of the clunky creation.

The 13-foot machine is meant to carry out “engineering and combat tasks.”


Kalashnikov said it plans to improve the unwieldy robot’s design ahead of an exhibition in 2020.



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