The late Mikhail Kalashnikov, who was the brains behind the famous (or infamous) AK-47, may not have thought about building an electric car during his 94-year lifetime. But the company that bears his name and continues to build the 'AK family' of assault rifles, appears to be venturing into the electric car business in the near future.
Called the CV-1, the concept car is Kalashnikov's vision for an all-electric vehicle that they claim can rival that of Tesla's. Launched during a military expo in Moscow, the company said that the CV-1 takes inspiration from a 1970s hatchback called the 'Izh 2125 Kombi'. Featuring a retro-inspired design, the CV-1 blends clean lines, an unusually upright roof line, and wedge-shaped front and rear fascias. It also has what appear to be LED headlights, horizontally-shaped taillights and white alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires.
As for details regarding its electric powerplant, Kalashnikov said that the CV-1 produces nearly 300 PS (220 kw) from a 90 kWh battery pack. With it, the CV-1 has a claimed 0 – 100 km/h time of six seconds and a maximum cruising range of 350 km. Apart from those, the company also stated that the concept has a unique management system that can automatically monitor the CV-1's powertrain, inverter and battery consumption.
Since Kalashnikov's new electric vehicle is still in its concept stages, the company has yet to state when they will officially greenlight the CV-1 for production. Also, Kalashnikov did not reveal how much it will cost once it's made available in the market.
We're not entirely sure if the late Kalashnikov himself would approve of such a project. But considering that the company itself is branching out beyond firearms manufacturing (the company recently launched a new clothing line and a range of personal items), venturing into the automotive business could be just another one of those 'side projects' that some big companies just work on.
Whatever the case may be, the Kalashnikov CV-1 concept is one curious project indeed. Here's to hoping the arms company actually gets to give it the go for production.