Russia Enters the EV Race with the Kalashnikov CV-1
By Tony Franklin on August 31, 2018
Tesla has competition from all over the world in their goal to make electric vehicles a practical reality. Recently, Kalashnikov, a military equipment firm in Russia unveiled a prototype for an electric car they are calling the CV-1. You may recognize their name as the manufacturer of the globally infamous AK-47 assault rifle. Media reports from that defense expo Thursday, August 23, 2018, say that now Kalashnikov claims it will rival Tesla in the field of electronic cars.
The CV-1 prototype is powder blue and has a somewhat boxy design that Kalashnikov reports as being inspired by a hatchback car, developed in the Soviet Union back in the ‘70s. There are mixed feelings about the boxy design on social media. Kalashnikov stated that their goal with this new EV was to “stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla.”
Tesla is used to being called out by the competition, but what does Kalashnikov have to back up their claim. According to the company website, the CV-1 can drive 217 miles on one charge and can reach 62 miles per hour in 6 seconds. Opinions are still divided on social media, and, with the CV-1 still in prototype stage, there are far more questions left unanswered, such as price and availability. Fans are reaching out to Elon Musk for comment, but there is no word from him yet.