What on Earth is a Kalashnikov electric car?


I know there is Christmas in July, but is there an April Fools’ Day in August?

Russian arms maker Kalashnikov on Thursday presented its new electric car inspired by a rare 1970s model, saying the new technology will rival Elon Musk’s Tesla.

The brand, best known for the AK-47 machine gun, presented the decidedly retro-looking pale blue prototype, the CV-1, at a defense expo outside Moscow.

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

Holding company Kalashnikov Concern said it has developed some cutting-edge elements for the “electric supercar”, including a “revolutionary” inverter. The vehicle can travel 350 kilometres on one charge.

AK-47 is not a machine gun, which is why I trust journalists to write about guns. That aside, literally WTF? Was there a competition to design a new car so shit that no one will want to steal it? And what’s next – a hydrogen-powered Trabant? AK-47 is a deadly classic; every sixth of seventh firearm in the world is a variant. Sometimes businesses should just stick to doing what they do best.