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The Maker of the AK-47 Is Entering the Electric Car Market

  • Weapons manufacturer show car with 217 mile range in Moscow
  • Concept vehicle based on components developed in-house
The CV-1
The CV-1Source: Kalashnikov

Concern Kalashnikov JSC, maker of the AK-47 assault rifle, is the latest entry into the crowded electric-vehicle race that’s drawn a range of tech entrepreneurs, makers of vacuum cleaners as well as the world’s biggest car companies.

The most recent Tesla fighter, presented in baby-blue and dubbed the CV-1, comes with a retro design that echoes the Soviet Union’s Izh-Kombi, a car popular in the 1970s. Kalashnikov showed off the car, with a broad front grille and a 350 kilometer driving range (217 miles), at an arms fair in Moscow this week, the company said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.