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Kalashnikov takes aim at Tesla

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They’re probably not two companies that you’d ever expect to be competitors- after all, one is renowned for producing luxury electric vehicles, the other mass-produced firearms. But in a rather unexpected change of direction, Kalashnikov is aiming to take on Tesla with an electric vehicle of their own.
Despite its retro looks, Kalashnikov promise that their CV-1 electric car will contain 'revolutionary technology'.
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At a defence expo in Moscow last week, Kalashnikov rolled out a retro-inspired baby blue sedan which they’ve named the ‘CV-1’. The unusual looking vehicle is based upon the Izh-Kombi, a small Soviet car built for families during the 1970s. But despite having a retro exterior, Kalashnikov claim that the internals of the vehicle can rival Tesla’s latest offerings.
Kalashnikov are creating the CV-1 as a direct competitor to Tesla's Model 3.
(Image via Kalashnikov).

It appears that Kalashnikov are creating the CV-1 as a direct competitor to Tesla’s Model 3. With a range of 217 miles (350km), the CV-1 would be on a par with Tesla’s budget offering.
Kalashnikov's CV-1 electric vehicle is based upon the Izh-Kombi, a small Soviet car built during the 1970s.
(Image via Kalashnikov).

Speaking to The Guardian a Kalashnikov spokesperson said:

“We were inspired by the experience of global market leaders in developing our concept.”

“This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor.”

As that statement makes clear, Kalashnikov is clearly taking aim at Tesla…

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