A Russian electric car made by manufacturing company Kalashnikov will give competition to Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc, claimed the manufacturer.
A prototype of the new electric car – which eggshell-blue, was presented by the company which is behind the making of the famous AK-47 assault rifle, at an event near the capital, Moscow. The new electric car has been christened as the CV-1.
The company described the car as a revolutionary cutting-edge “supercar” and has been inspired by a Soviet hatchback created in the 1970s.
Kalashnikov was earlier ridiculed over its new combat robot “little Igor”.
A number of “complex systems” with technology that would “let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla” is featured in the CV-1 car, the company said in a statement.
The company also added that after complete development of the car, it would be able to deliver top speeds which would be several times higher than current electric vehicles and the cars would be able to travel at least 220 miles (350 km) on a single battery charge.
Because the car that was showcased in the show was just an initial prototype, therefore no details such as the price of the vehicle were not mentioned by the manufacturer.
In recent times, there has been a conscious attempt by Kalashnikov to diversify its brand and in this process the company recently launched a clothing line and a range of personal items including umbrellas and smartphone covers.
However, the decision of the company to shift into development of vehicles have generated mixed reactions among market experts in Moscow.
Soon after the launch of the prototype, social media was abuzz with users openly sharing their views on Russia’s challenge to Tesla where some users bringing up the “funny Zombie-like” design of the car while others praising the “cool” appearance of the prototype.
“Your tanks are great, but it would be better if you stayed away from cars,” one user wrote.
Kalashnikov launched the Igorek or “little Igor – which is a four-metre (13 ft) tall, 4.5-tonne, manned robot was earlier this week. The robot has bene designed for “carrying out engineering and combat tasks”.
The robot design was ridiculed by many of being bulky and its design being described as old-fashioned at a time when there is continuous attempts to make robots smaller, sleeker and smarter.
It hoped to display an improved version of the robot at an exhibition in 2020, Kalashnikov later said.
(Adapted from BBC.com)