This is Russia’s Response to Elon Musk’s Tesla EV
I know what you’re thinking: is that the front or the back of the car? When I first saw the picture, I thought Yugo was back in business. Now, if you’re familiar with the AK-47 assault rifle, you’ve probably heard about Kalashnikov. What I am sure you’ve never heard of until now is that the Russian owned company just revealed their first electric vehicle. Yes, you got that right: those crazy Russians are aiming at teaching Elon Musk’s failing company a lesson in regard to building EVs, also known as electric vehicles.
Enter CV-1, a Russian made electric vehicle, which is built and designed for the specific purpose of competing with Tesla. The fully electric car made by Kalashnikov was showcased very recently at a military expo in Moscow . Kalashnikov is a Russian defense company nowadays, and they seem to be looking to expand their portfolio, while in the same time offering a no-nonsense electric vehicle for the masses.
The design of the car is, to put it politely, pretty retro, as the CV-1 looks like a homage of sorts to a Soviet era station-wagon, the Izh 2125 “Kombi” respectively, a car first revealed back in 1973, at the apogee of the Cold War. Because who doesn’t want to drive around in something that looks like an Eastern European car from 1973?
I think the Izh itself was a knock-off of a Western-made car (most probably a Fiat), but you can do the research for yourself. However, don’t let the “antics” of the CV-1 fool you, as despite its rudimentary design and overall appearance, the Russian made EV features a modern electric engine and a 90 kilowatt-hour power-plant (powered by 4300 AA batteries methinks), which gives it an impressive autonomy of 217 miles on a full charge. There’s also a “revolutionary inverter” under the hood, as per the company’s claims, and other “cutting edge” elements specific to a super-car. Like, 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds, which is far from impressive, at least compared to a Tesla.
Kalashnikov’s EV was displayed on Thursday at Army 2018, an international military expo. However, don’t get your hopes too high, as this baby is still in its concept stage, i.e. it’s not clear if it will ever be manufactured on a large-scale, as the company did not announce its manufacturing schedule, nor an official launch date.
PS: Would it be collusion if I bought a Russian car?