Kalashnikov debuts electric 'super car' to compete with Tesla

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Called the CV-1, the "supercar" as claimed by the machine gun maker was unveiled in Moscow yesterday.

Kalashnikov didn't say how many electric motors the vehicle has or how power they produce, but the company confirmed the concept can accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) in six seconds.

Its look is based on what is considered as the first ever Soviet hatchback, the IZh 2125 "Kombi".

In a statement accompanying the news of the existence of the CV-1 and the photos showing it off, Kalashnikov says the auto features a number of "complex systems" with technology that would "let us stand in the ranks of global electric vehicle producers such as Tesla, and compete with them".

Unlike its forebear, however, the CV-1 will use modular battery technology and a "revolutionary inverter" design for an output of around 300hp and a range of 217 miles. No release date has been given for the vehicle, which remains at the concept stage.

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Kalashnikov Concern has diversified the brand in recent years to produce clothes and boats.

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Tim Urquhart, principal analyst at market research firm IHS Automotive, described the design of the CV-1 as "pretty brave" and said it "would only appeal to a limited number of buyers".

What just happened? Tesla might soon have some unexpected competition. Kalashnikov did not provide details on production or pricing.

Their recently-unveiled Igorek ("little Igor"), a giant, heavy manned robot designed for "carrying out engineering and combat tasks", is proof of that.

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