24 Aug 18

Kalashnikov takes on Tesla with a retro electric car

The Russian arms maker Kalashnikov, best known for the AK-47 machine gun, has unveiled a new electric car to take on Tesla. 

The retro-looking prototype, the CV-1, is based on a 1973 Soviet hatchback, the Izh 2125 Kombi. It features a 90kWh battery and can travel 350km on one charge and Kalashnikov reports it includes a revolutionary inverter.

"This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor," a Kalashnikov spokesperson said.

No release date has been given as the car remains at the concept stage which becomes obvious by its lack of wing mirrors.

Facing international sanctions following the Russian annexation of Crimea, Kalashnikov has been expanding its product portfolio for some time, recently launching umbrellas, clothing, mobile phone covers and now also cars.

The Izh 2125 Kombi which served as a source of inspiration for Kalashnikov (source: Andrew Bone)

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck