The Russian maker of the AK-47 built a Soviet-style electric car it says can rival Tesla
- The makers of the world's most famous rifle, the AK-47, have shown off a concept electric car they say can rival Telsa.
- Russian company Kalashnikov launched the Soviet-style CV-1 at the Army 2018 military exposition in Moscow.
- Kalashnikov told Russian news outlet RBK on Thursday that they expect it to "keep up" with Tesla.
- It can run for about 217 miles according to the company, reaching 60 mph in six seconds.
The Russian company behind the AK47 launched an electric car at a Moscow military expo on Tuesday - and claim it can rival Elon Musk's Tesla.
Kalashnikov said they've based the design of the new CV-1 on a 1970s Soviet hatchback, the IZh 2125 "Kombi" - and it couldn't be more different from the futuristic Tesla range with which it wants to compete.
The car's specifications, according to the company website, include a battery capacity of 90 kW per hour, 220 kW of power, and a cruising range of 217 miles (350 km).Here's a video by Kalashnikov's showing off the car:
They say the car goes from 0 to 62 mph in 6 seconds. The CV-1 is still in the concept phase, and Kalashnikov haven't suggested a launch date or a price.
They launched the brand-new model at the international forum "Army-2018," which is a showcase of 28,000 military items from 1,500 companies.
When Russian news outlet RBK asked the Kalashnikov spokesperson how the CV-1 was better than a Tesla "she could not name the specific advantages of the Kalashnikov car," they reported.Kalashnikov spokeswoman Sofia Ivanova also told RBC: "The car is competing with Tesla because it's currently a successful electric vehicle project. We expect to at least keep up with it."
Here's a video by Kalashnikov's showing off the car:
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