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Russian gun manufacturer says "revolutionary" technology will help its retro-styled CV-1 take on electric rivals

Kalashnikov, the Russian manufacturing giant best known for its AK47 assault rifle, has unveiled the CV-1, a retro-styled 295bhp electric car that it claimed offers Tesla-rivalling performance.

The prototype CV-1 was launched at the Army 2018 International Military Technical Forum in Kubinka, Russia. The car’s styling is based on that of the 1970s Izh 2125 Combi.

The CV-1 uses modular batteries, with a total capacity of 90kWh, which Kalashnikov says are powered through a “revolutionary inverter” that measures 50x50x100cm. A range of 220 miles is cited for the car.

While no specifics were given about the CV-1’s motor, Kalashnikov cites an output of 295bhp, with a claimed 0-62mph time of around six seconds.

According to the RIA-Novosti news agency's press office, a Kalashnikov spokesperson said: “This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car products such as Tesla and be their competitors.”

The original 2125 Kombi was produced by Izh, a subsidiary of Lada parent firm AvtoVaz, between 1973 and 1997. The hatchback, itself based on a Moskvitch 412, was initially powered by a 69bhp 1.5-litre engine.

Best known for its guns, Kalashnikov produces a wide range of military and civilian weapons and other systems. These include a number of bikes and off-road vehicles, and the firm recently unveiled a four-metre-tall, 4.5-tonne manned robot named Igorek.

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Nickktod 26 August 2018

“Revolutionary” technology... in from 1917?

dougflump 26 August 2018

oh dear

I'm pretty certain that Igorek will build this car ...Jeez !

sierra 25 August 2018

Looks like a 1972 Datsun 510...

...whatever happened to that company......