Mention the name Kalashnikov and the first thing that springs to mind is obviously the venerable AK47 assault rifle – still in use by armies and revolutionaries around the world due to its durability and reliability in harsh conditions.
But here’s something completely different from the Russian manufacturer. Pictured here is the prototype CV-1, a cutting-edge electric vehicle, even though the yesteryear styling – based on the 1970s Izh 2125 Kombi – might lead you to believe otherwise.
The original 2125 Kombi was built by Izh, a subsidiary of Lada parent firm AvtoVaz, between 1973 and 1997. But while the original hatchback was propelled by a weedy 69bhp 1.5-litre engine, the CV-1 has a 295bhp electric motor that spears it from 0-100kph in around 6sec.
Stuffed within the car are modular batteries with a total capacity of 90kWh (similar to range-topping Teslas). Kalashnikov says the batteries are recharged through a “revolutionary inverter” that measures 50x50x100cm.
Kalashnikov quotes a touring range of 350km, so the CV-1 could be a realistic proposition as a daily driver if this number is vaguely accurate. Its makers are bullish about the car’s prospects, claiming: “This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car products such as Tesla and be their competitors.”
The CV-1 was revealed at the Army 2018 International Military Technical Forum in Kubinka, Russia. Among Kalashnikov’s other products is a wide range of bikes and off-road vehicles, and the firm recently unveiled a four-metre-tall, 4.5-tonne manned robot named Igorek.