Called the CV-1, the light blue station wagon is modeled after a 1970s Russian-built car called the Izh-Kombi, whose appearance stands in stark contrast to contemporary EVs from companies like Tesla.
In fact, Kalashnikov calls out Elon Musk’s company, asserting that the CV-1 would allow the Russian concern to “stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla.”
We can only presume Kalashnikov chose the Izh wagon’s dated body as a nod to the gun maker’s Russian heritage; the car’s look is wildly at odds with the cutting edge styling typically applied to electric vehicles.
Despite its appearance, the CV-1’s specs sound perfectly modern. Kalashnikov says the car has a 90 kWh battery pack whose charge is managed by an inverter designed in-house, and it stores enough juice for 350 km of driving range and 0-100 km/h acceleration of 6.0 seconds.
We’d argue Kalashnikov isn’t the most surprising non-car manufacturer to announce its intention to join the EV race. Last year, Britain’s Dyson, renowned for vacuum cleaners, fans and hair dryers, revealed its plan to field an electric vehicle by 2020.