Gun Giant Kalashnikov Unveils an Electric Car
February 20, 2019
Kalashnikov has made the iconic AK-47 since 1949 and it has changed the way
war was waged. It is hoping to do the same to the electric car industry.
Yes, you read that right. Kalashnikov, world famous maker of the AK-47, a
rifle described by Gunny Highway in Heartbreak Ridge as “the preferred
weapon of your enemy,” is now promising (nay, threatening) to produce an
electric car to rival Tesla.
And it is pure Russian in every way.
While it looks like the engineers at Kalashnikov have designed a whole new
car, if you look carefully, you’ll see it is nothing but the updated retro
styling of a Izh 21252 Kombi from the early 70s. If you’ve ever watched a
period movie taking place in the Soviet Union, you’ve seen a boxy Izh.
Called the CV-1, its press release claims is can travel for 217 miles
between charges and can zip from 0-62 mph in <giggle> six seconds. For
comparison, Telsa’s Model S can do it in 2.4 seconds. Kalashnikov estimates
the CV-1’s motor can churn out 680 horsepower via a huge 90-kWh battery.
That’s twice the size of the Leaf, which has an 8.0-second 0-60 time. But
why such a large battery then?
There are very few specs available. In fact the windows were blacked out at
the show, meaning the interior was likely non-existent. And no pricing has
Keeping Up With the Teslas
“The car is competing with Tesla because it’s currently a successful
electric vehicle project,” Sofia Ivanova, Kalashnikov’s director of
communications, told Russia’s RBC. “We expect to at least keep up with it.”
They should aim their sights on something not so lofty, such as the Chevy
Bolt or the Hyundai Ioniq. The car was unveiled to the press at Army 2018 in
Moscow, an international tradeshow for the consumer and military market.
In a very Russian way, they boasted: “This technology will let us stand in
the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their
competitors. We were inspired by the experience of global market leaders in
developing our concept.”
EVLN: (ak47)Kalashnikov CV-1 r:320km ts:80kpm> (a pr tool)
Kalashnikov wants to take on Tesla with a Soviet-style electric ‘super car’
Aug 28, 2018 Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov has unveiled a new
“supercar” for the world's burgeoning electric car market.
The CV-1 concept car can reach 80 kilometres an hour and can travel for 350
kilometres before recharging.
It appeared as part of Kalashnikov’s latest offerings at the Army 2018
International Military Technology Forum in Moscow.
But behind the technology is a heavy dose of Soviet nostalgia. The CV-1 uses
the classic Soviet Izh-2125 Kombi as its base. This compact family car was
produced between 1973 and 1997, providing a cheap transport option for
The IZh 2125 "Kombi is a compact car produced by the Soviet car manufacturer
IZh from 1973 to 1997. It was based on an Izhevsk-modified Moskvitch 412,
+ (EVs will consume oil as plastic)
Get ready for pushback in the war on plastic
But the rise of the electric car is expected to put a big dent into demand
... we are up against the biggest, most powerful industry in the world,
which will keep developing ever more convenient and attractive ways for us
to use more plastic ...
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