Is Russian gun manufacturer Kalashnikov really targeting Tesla with this retro, electric concept car?
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Kalashnikov's first electric concept car premiered at the international forum "Army 2018" in the Moscow region at the airfield in Kubinka. It is coined the "CV-1" and is based on a retro kit that goes by the name of "IZH-Kombi." The kit follows design cues from the old Russian Moskvich-Izh.
The CV-1 features a 90-kWh battery pack and has a cruising range of 350 km (217 miles). It churns out 220 kW (295 horsepower) and is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 6 seconds.
We're not sure how this is really aiming to be a Tesla killer. However, reports say that the car's engineers hope for it to compete with Tesla. Kalashnikov spokeswoman Sofia Ivanova shared with the RBC news website:
We’re talking about competing precisely with Tesla because it’s currently a successful electric vehicle project. We expect to at least keep up with it.
Interestingly, RBC also pointed out that Ivanova wasn't able to provide any information about how the CV-1 is better than a Tesla vehicle. For now, the car is simply being used as a platform to test the company's new technology.
For those who love retro sports cars like the Dodge Challenger, as well as Tesla's all-electric lineup, this car might satisfy. However, at this point, it's obviously just a dream in the making. We'll be honest to say that InsideEVs doesn't often stumble upon Tesla fans who love the Challenger, but there may be some exceptions out there.
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