Kalashnikov unveils electric car prototype with a retro Soviet-era body – Autoblog

Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov has developed a new electric powertrain for vehicles, and it’s now presenting the system with a new concept car, called the CV-1. Amazingly, the electric vehicle has been built using the body shell of a classic Soviet car, the IZh combi. Somewhat modified, the five-door retro sportback still retains the shape of the 1960-1970s car it is based on.

Underneath the sky blue paint is a drivetrain reportedly good for a range of more than 215 miles and a 0-60-mph time of 6 seconds. It has a 90 kWh battery pack. Useable IZh bodies must still be plentiful in Russia, so it does make sense to base the testbed vehicle on something robust and local — much like the AK-47 assault rifle that made Kalashnikov famous. Since the windows appear to be completely blacked out, we don’t expect the concept car

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