Russian gun manufacturer says "revolutionary" technology will help its retro-styled CV-1 take on electric rivals
James Attwood, digital editor
24 August 2018

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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24 August 2018

Is this a joke?

24 August 2018
Theodor Jensen wrote:

Is this a joke?

 

The joke is Autocar using such cheap clickbait headlines.

25 August 2018
rtwingo wrote:

Theodor Jensen wrote:

Is this a joke?

 

The joke is Autocar using such cheap clickbait headlines.

Agreed. I had to check it wasn’t April 1st. Perhaps it’s time to get some adults to manage Autocar’s online content?

24 August 2018

A cool electric car!

24 August 2018

Looks to me as though they used Rolls Royce to style this for them.

24 August 2018

....massive wonky shut lines and external hinges.....

Steam cars are due a revival.

24 August 2018

  Looks like it was a Weekend project made with bits from the Skips at a recycling centre!, will Putin put his name on it...?

 

Peter Cavellini.

24 August 2018
The Austin Maxi/Ford Cortina mash up.
Quite like it.

24 August 2018

 peterover@, A Maxi in the 70’s would still be way ahead in tech.....chortle chortle..

Peter Cavellini.

24 August 2018

This reminds me of the Ford Zodiac estate from the early 60's, the one with big fins, although it has been de-chromed to hide its age.  It may also be slightly weighty, given its size. Still, at least they tried!

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