AK-47 maker Kalashnikov debuts its first electric car with a retro design

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It seems AK-47 maker Kalashnikov isn't content with creating awesome-but-impractical hoverbikes. The company is now shifting its gaze from guns and gadgets to electric vehicles, TechCrunch reports.

The vehicle reportedly made its debut at the Army 2018 International Military Technical Forum in Kubinka, Russia. Upon first glance, the car, known as the CV-1, is pretty unassuming - it lacks the flash of a Tesla Model S or even a Chevy Bolt, at least.

However, the CV-1's performance capabilities are what make it stand out. TechCrunch says the vehicle can travel a whopping 350 kilometers on a single charge (217 miles), courtesy of its 90kwh battery.

That range doesn't quite match what other electric cars in the industry can achieve, but it's still impressive for Kalashnikov's first crack at an EV.

In addition to solid range, the CV-1 boasts a 0-to-60mph speed of a mere 6 seconds. For the sake of comparison, Tesla's Model S P100 can go from a standstill to 60mph in about 2.4 seconds.

Kalashnikov might not be content with playing second fiddle to other EV makers, though. TechCrunch says one of the company's goals is to eventually develop the CV-1 into a vehicle that can rival Tesla's offerings.

Whether or not Kalashnikov will be able to pull that off remains to be seen, but the CV-1's retro style is certainly unlike anything else you'd see on the market today. Its unique sense of style might just be enough to capture the imagination -- and the wallets -- of the public, though we don't know how much it'll cost just yet.

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mcborge

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I can’t help but think the designer just woke up from a fourty five year coma. Either that are he’s a fan of the Austin allegro, which was another terrible car that also looked like it was more aerodynamic going backwards.
 
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I can’t help but think the designer just woke up from a fourty five year coma. Either that are he’s a fan of the Austin allegro, which was another terrible car that also looked like it was more aerodynamic going backwards.

If it's successful it will be the AK-47 of cars. Infinitely customizable, clunky, unbreakable, and a favorite of anyone not legally bound to abide by U.S. defense industry purchasing contracts. It will also be the only vehicle officially banned in London, Sweden, and Germany for being unstoppable during "pedestrian impact events."
 

noel24

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I can’t help but think the designer just woke up from a fourty five year coma. Either that are he’s a fan of the Austin allegro, which was another terrible car that also looked like it was more aerodynamic going backwards.
It looks more like a Fiat 124 from 1966 that soviet Ladas where based on.
 

mcborge

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It looks more like a Fiat 124 from 1966 that soviet Ladas where based on.
It does look like a lada but it has the same backwards aerodynamics that caused the Allegro so much ridicule, whell it did here in the UK anway.
 

VitalyT

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I will say this truthfully, as a Russian person...

Russians create this as a retro car not because they like retro so much, but because they do not know any better. Every attempt at building a modern car ends up in tears. That's why they still produce the same Lada crap in its 25th generation, which is a revamped crap from 40 years ago. And this one looks just like it.

If there's one thing you should never buy from us - that's our cars.

Russian approach to building cars, is like with many other things. First, you draw something on paper, and secure a good investment. Then you start polishing chrome, vigorously, while drinking away the funds. Once all the chrome has been polished, you leave it laying around, steal the rest of the money, and call it an unfinished concept. And if somebody asks - blame Jews for the project collapse.
 
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Xaltar

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Moskvich-412 Kombi with an electric motor and batteries for sure. Can't see the suspension and internals but it's a typical Russian move to go with something they already have all the tooling for. Honestly, I like that, it means it will be cheap to make, at least as far as the body goes. If the price is in line with the production cost I can see this becoming quite popular. I would have preferred it if they just went with the classic Lada body though the 412 is ugly AF and there is a LOT of aftermarket stuff to bolt on to your Lada.
 

Igrecman

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???
The front wheels look like it can't turn without rubbing on the body.

Is that corporation making cars because a car can kill people too?
 

Uncle Al

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"AK-47 maker Kalashnikov unveiled its first electric vehicle at a Russian gun show, and it is pretty impressive for a first attempt - the vehicle, dubbed the CV-1, will boast 217 miles of range, 6-second 0-to-60 acceleration, and a unique retro aesthetic.

Maybe and maybe not but until it can match the AK-47, that is to submerge it in a mud puddle for 2 hours, pull it out and it fires 5x30 7.62 rounds without a misfire and hit the target at least 75% of the time .... it's just a crude imitation ....... of course that could also apply to Elon Musk too!!!
 
Ahahahah! Russians are so stupid. They took an old car Москвич Комби and put inside an electric engine )) *****s indeed. They can`t create anything new, but weapon.
 

VitalyT

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Something they've surely got, but forgot to affix:

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The right color is everything.