Kalashnikov Unveils CV-1 Electric 'Supercar' To Rival Tesla

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The boxy, retro-styled CV-1 concept is based on a 1970s Soviet-built hatchback, according to AFP, but with Kalashnikov-designed electric technology underhood.

Not many details on the powder-blue prototype have been made public.

The Russian weapons maker says the auto will boast a 90-kWh battery, giving it a range of 350 kilometres and a zero-to-100 km/h time of 6.0 seconds.

It added that, when fully developed, the auto would have a top speed several times higher than current electric vehicles.

What just happened? Tesla might soon have some unexpected competition.

Kalashnikov told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that the CV-1 would allow it to compete with electric carmakers such as Tesla (TSLA).

Russia's native arms manufacturer and maker of the famous AK-47 assault rifle, Kalashnikov, on Thursday revealed its own electric vehicle, saying the technology will compete with that of Elon Musk-promoted Tesla.

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In the midst of the all the brouhaha, a source told the Hollywood Reporter that "The timeline (of the movie) has been pushed out".

Although the company is known for its iconic weaponry, Kalashnikov has branched into other products, such as iPhone covers, umbrellas and a new 13-foot combat robot named "Little Igor", whose design appears to have been plucked from the Star Wars movie franchise.

I think it looks really cool, but what do I know.

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", another critic wrote.

It is a bit of a jump from machine guns to fashion and environmentally friendly cars.

Russian Federation might be run by a sociopath who can't keep his shirt on, but I'll give them this - they're tenacious.