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From Russia with love, or something, an electric car


Russian arms producer Kalashnikov wants to present a new image. Now privately rather than state owned, it offers a line of clothing and what the BBC calls “a catalogue of personal items ranging from umbrellas to smartphone covers.” 

It also is diversifying its product range well beyond the AK-47, unveiling a prototype electric car at the Russian Army’s recent international military and technical forum and trade show in Moscow. 

The company also used that event to showcase another of its new products, a 13-foot-tall robotic soldier.

Of the car, the CV-1, the company claimed it has technology to “let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla.”

Though it hardly looks the part, the CV-1 is based on a 1970s Russian hatchback design.  Kalashnikov termed the vehicle a “supercar,” said it has several “complex systems,” and when in production, will accelerate to 60 mph in 6 seconds, will have a top speed faster than other EVs and will travel 220 miles on a charge. 

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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