A hand-out photo shows a retro-looking light blue prototype electric car, produced by Kalashnikov.
The Russian arms maker Kalashnikov presented Thursday his new electric car, inspired by a rare model from the 70s, and claims that the new technology will compete with Eles Musk & # 39; s Tesla.
The brand, best known for the AK-47 machine gun, presented the pronounced retro-looking light blue prototype, the CV-1, at a defense expo outside of Moscow.
The look is inspired by a Soviet hatchback model, developed in the 1970s called "Izh-Kombi", according to a statement on the Kalashnikov website.
Holding Kalashnikov Concern said it has developed a number of advanced elements for the "electric supercar", including a "revolutionary" inverter. The vehicle can cover 350 kilometers on one load.
"We develop our own concept of an electric supercar, which is based on various original systems developed by the company," said the company.
"This technology will enable us to stand in the ranks of global electric car manufacturers like Tesla and be their competitors," said RIA Novosti's Kalashnikov press service.
"We are inspired by the experience of global market leaders in developing our concept."
Kalashnikov Concern has been trying to expand its brand for a long time, recently with the launch of clothing lines and other civil items, ranging from umbrellas to cell phone covers.
His trip to electric vehicles, however, received mixed reactions from Russians. Comments on the news on the company's official Facebook page ranged from & # 39; cyberpunk & # 39; to & # 39; Izh-Zombie & # 39 ;.
"Your tanks are great, but it would be better if you stay away from cars," wrote a user.
Earlier this week, online users have ridiculed Kalashnikov's new biped fighting robot. The golden color machine, reportedly called "Igorek" in production stages, immediately became a topic of social media emissions.
"Someone had looked too much Robocop & # 39 ;," tweet user happy__keanu, referring to the 1987 action film about a cyborg law enforcer.
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