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Russia Is Taking On Tesla With An Ultra Retro-Looking Electric ‘Supercar’
By Yoon Sann Wong, 24 Aug 2018
While Russia’s tech bloggers busy themselves with leaking Google’s ‘Pixel 3 XL’ in detail before its official launch, the country’s largest gun maker Kalashnikov—creator of the world-famous ‘AK-47’ assault rifle—has announced its answer to Elon Musk’s eco-friendly automobile brand Tesla.
Meet Kalashnikov’s ‘CV-1’ electric vehicle prototype that the company believes will give Musk a run for his money.
The design of this blue retro-looking automobile was inspired by the 1970s Soviet hatchback ‘IZh 21252 Kombi’, shown directly below. At its event in Moscow, Kalashnikov’s media representative announced that this “supercar” would let it “stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla.”
Previously, Kalashnikov had manufactured the electric ‘Ovum’ vehicle for use at this year’s World Cup and electric motorcycles for police to patrol Russia’s roads last year. Since the ‘CV-1’ is still in development phase, no pricing details were released.
According to its specs, however, it looks like the ‘CV-1’ still has quite some way to go before Tesla CEO Musk takes notice.
Its 217-mile range and acceleration of 0 to 60mph in six seconds can’t hold a candle Tesla’s latest affordable sedan, the ‘Model 3’, that comes with a 220-mile range and hits 60mph in half the time at 3.5 seconds. With a long-range battery, the ‘Model 3’ can attain 310 miles.
For now, perhaps Musk remains more enamored with Porsche’s first-ever all-electric automobile, slated to hit roads in 2020.
[via Mashable and BBC, images via Kalashnikov]
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