Notorious gun manufacturer and maker of perhaps one of the most effective killing machines of the last 60 years, Kalashnikov, has decided to have a go at making cars. They announced that they plan on making an electric car that will rival the likes of Tesla, an electric car manufacturer that has been on the rise for the past few years and has begun to currently dominate the electric car market.
The Kalashnikov arms factory unveiled their new concept called the CV-1 at the Russian Army’s 2018 International Military and Technical Forum near Moscow last week. The light blue, box-shaped car is not what one expects to appear at a Russian military show. The strange design of the car reeks of nostalgia as the car looks very similar to some of the cars produced by the USSR in the 1970s.
The company claimed the car is going to be able to travel 350 kilometres in one charge and do zero to 100 km/h in six seconds. The CV-1 lags far behind in terms of acceleration as most Tesla’s can do 0-100 km/h in half that time.
It will be interesting to see if this prototype is just for display at the show or if the company actually puts it into production. None of the specifications that the company revealed can be confirmed as of right now because no independent party has tested the car yet.
Kalashnikov is known for its great engineering and design. Their iconic AK-47 is the most popular assault rifle in the world and has been used in big wars and small conflicts all over the world, from Africa to South America and the Middle East. The world will impatiently wait to see if Tesla will finally have a rival in the electric market or if this is just a piece of Russian propaganda created for the Military and Technical Forum.