Kalashnikov debuts electric 'super car' to compete with Tesla

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The maker of the AK-47 wants to sell electric cars

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

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

Unlike its forebear, however, the CV-1 will use modular battery technology and a "revolutionary inverter" design for an output of around 300hp and a range of 217 miles.

Kalashnikov, maker of the AK-47 assault rifle, is joining the throng of companies looking to compete with Elon Musk's electric auto company, Tesla.

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If the notion that a Russian weapons manufacturer becoming a legitimate competitor to Tesla in the electric vehicle game sounds farfetched...well, you're not alone.

Earlier this week, the company was mocked after unveiling its new manned robot called "Igorek" - or "little Igor". "I don't think the company has the technology or deep pockets it takes to make this a success".

Kalashnikov has been trying to expand its brand, adding shops to sell its clothing line and other civilian accessories.

Its foray into electric vehicles, however, was met with mixed reactions from Russians.

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Do you like retro Russian cars but always wanted one built by a weapons manufacturer and powered by an electric motor?

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

At a time when robots are competing to become smaller, sleeker and smarter, the company was mocked over the robot's bulky old-fashioned design.

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

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