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    Kalashnikov Unveils CV-1 Electric Concept

      Yes, the maker of the AK-47 built an EV concept

    Kalashnikov, the Russian company best known for making the AK-47 assault rifle is planning to enter the growing electric-vehicle market. Last week at the Army 2018 International Military Technical Forum in Kubinka, Russia, Kalashnikov unveiled the CV-1 concept.

    The design is inspired by the Soviet Izh-Kombi hatchback built between 1973 and 1997. There are some modern touches such as LED headlights and a set of lightweight wheels. Technical details are scarce, with Kalashnikov saying the model has an electric motor producing 295 horsepower, a “revolutionary inverter”, and 90 kWh modular battery pack. 

    Kalashnikov clams that once development is completed, the vehicle will have a range of 220 miles on a single charge and boast a top speed several times higher than its current electric vehicles - the company builds off-road vehicles and motorcycles along with the AK-47.

    "This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car products such as Tesla and be their competitors," a Kalashnikov spokesperson told Russian news agency RIA-Novosti.

    Source: Autocar, BBC News
    Pic Credit: Kalashnikov

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    1 hour ago, ykX said:

    So stupid.  Absolutely not aerodynamic and they are full of $h! about the specs.

    At least they kept the communist look with a modern power train.

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