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Title: Move over Dyson and Musk: Kalashnikov Unveils Electric Car
Post by: MVOlga on August 24, 2018, 06:29:37 PM
Russian arms maker Kalashnikov on Thursday presented its new electric car inspired by a rare 1970s model, saying the new technology will rival Elon Musk's Tesla and anything Dyson has in the pipeline.

The brand, best known for the AK-47 machine gun, presented the decidedly retro-looking pale blue prototype, the CV-1, at a defense expo outside Moscow.

A handout picture taken on August 22, 2018 and released by Kalashnikov media press office, shows a retro-looking pale blue prototype electric car, the CV-1, produced by Russian arms maker Kalashnikov, in Moscow (AFP Photo/HO)

The look was inspired by a Soviet hatchback model developed in the 1970s called "Izh-Kombi," a statement on the Kalashnikov website said.

Kalashnikov said it has developed some cutting-edge elements for the "electric supercar", including a "revolutionary" inverter. The vehicle can travel 350 kilometres on one charge.

The company said in a statement on Thursday that the CV-1 car featured a number of "complex systems" with technology that would "let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla".

It added that, when fully developed, the car would have a top speed several times higher than current electric vehicles produced by its firm and would be able to travel 220 miles (350 km) on a single charge.

As it is an initial prototype, details such as the vehicle's price tag have not yet been disclosed.

"We are developing our own concept of an electric supercar, which is based on several original systems developed by us," the firm said.

"This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor," RIA-Novosti further quoted the Kalashnikov press-service as saying.

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

Kalashnikov has long been trying to expand its brand, recently launching lines of clothing and other civilian merchandise ranging from umbrellas to mobile phone covers.

Its foray into electric vehicles however was met with mixed reactions from Russians. Comments to the news on the company's official Facebook page ranged from "cyberpunk" to "Izh-Zombie".

"Your tanks are great, but it would be better if you stayed away from cars," one user wrote.

Earlier this week, online users ridiculed Kalashnikov's new bipedal combat robot. The golden-colour machine, reportedly named "Igorek" in production stages, immediately became a subject of social media memes.

"Somebody had watched too much 'Robocop'," tweeted user happy__keanu, referring to the 1987 action film about a cyborg law enforcer.
Title: Re: Move over Dyson and Musk: Kalashnikov Unveils Electric Car
Post by: ryevac on August 24, 2018, 07:55:23 PM
Good to see other manufacturers dipping their toes in, i would love to see a small electric van produced for small traders.

Or maybe they already have ?
Title: Re: Move over Dyson and Musk: Kalashnikov Unveils Electric Car
Post by: MVOlga on August 25, 2018, 06:12:54 PM
The image above has been incorrectly reported in English language media (they should hire translators and not rely on Google).

The vehicle is a test platform for the systems being designed and tested by the company, not a representation of a vehicle that will ever be sold or a prototype as English media said.

According to representatives of Kalashnikov: The concept car CV-1, shown at the "Army-2018" exhibition is "a test bench for the developed complex systems."

The platform car above is the old IZH Kombi. Here is an image of that car:


As can be seen, this is not any kind of retro design for a new car but an actual old car polished up for its display at the exhibition.

Info about the thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izh_2125

In England it was the Moskvitch 1500.

The planned specs for the project are as follows: The battery capacity of the car is 90 kWh, powered by a "revolutionary inverter", the dimensions of which are 50x50x100 cm. Power output will be up to 1.2 kW. The rated power of the CV-1 is 220 kW, the peak power is 500 kW. Cruising range will be 350 km.

So we dont know what the final car will look like. What we do know is Kalashnikov is already supplying the military with 2 types of electric vehicles so the company is not a newcomer to the field.

It is the novelty of the photo of the publicity car that has attracted western attention, particularly linked to a name that is well known even in the United States. I bet that neither the electric publicity car or the latter device would have been so readily featured if the manufacturer was called Uralvagonzavod.

Of course the Western media liked to be able to purposefully misrepresent the publicity car as some kind of throwback based on the appearance of the device rather than as as a development springing from class leading technology already in use in Russia.