Russian Gun Maker Unveils Retro Electric “Supercar” to Rival Tesla

Kalashnikov Electric Car Concept

Russia’s largest gun manufacturer, Kalashnikov, is ready to give Elon Musk a run for his money with the unveiling of its new electric car model. At a technology forum near Moscow, the company, which makes the AK-47 assault rifle, showed off the CV-1. The Robin egg blue vehicle is modeled off the retro IZh 2125 “Kombi,” a hatchback that was quite popular in the late 1970s.

The CV-1 isn’t Kalashnikov’s first foray into the field, though. They built electric motorcycles and vehicles that were used at the World Cup this summer. In its current iteration, the car can travel 217 miles on a single charge and go from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds. That’s still a long way off from Tesla, whose new Model 3 sedan has a long-range battery that can go 310 miles and acceleration that hits 60 mph in just 3 seconds.

There’s no word on when this electric “supercar” concept will hit the road, or its price, but it’s just one of several initiatives that see Kalashnikov attempting to branch out beyond guns. At the same conference, they also revealed a 13-foot-tall, 4.9 US ton robot that the press has nicknamed Igoryok. Though it isn’t clear if it moves, Kalashnikov says that the robot (which looks like something straight out of Robocop) will be used to “solve engineering and combat task” and that the technology will be demonstrated at the next forum.

Russian gun manufacturer Kalashnikov, recently unveiled its concept for a new electric “supercar.”

Kalashnikov Electric Car ConceptKalashnikov CV-1 Electric Car

At the same technology event, they also presented the prototype of a giant robot that looks straight out of a film from the 1980s.

Kalashnikov Robot Concept

h/t: [DesignTAXI, Mashable]

All images via Kalashnikov Media.

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