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AK47 maker Kalashnikov planning to shoot an all-electric car CV1 on to roads

Kalasnikov electric car CV-1

Kalashnikov the producer of AK47, now it is reinventing its business as a Fashion brand, phone cases, drones, sporting equipments and now a concept Kalashnikov electric car which looks like 1970’s Russian Wagon.  CV1 Prototype electric car unveiled at Russian Army’s 2018 Military and Technical forum in Moscow. Incidentally, it is Russia’s first entry into Electric car race.

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Kalashnikov CV-1 electric car (Russian EV) specifications

The body of CV-1 is actually that of a car known as the Izh-21252 Kombi, which is a compact car designed by Soviets in 1960s.

Drive train 220 kw motor
Range 218 miles ( 350 km ) per charge

Battery pack 90 kwh ( double the size of battery pack used in Nissan )
Acceleration 0-62mph ( 100km/h ) in 6 seconds ( Tesla Model S acceleration is 0-60 mph is 3.2 seconds, Nissan leaf takes 7.4 sec for same )

It has a new Grille and 6 LED units

As per Kalasnikov, CV-1 is an electric super car with an intention to compete Tesla or Nissan.

Can Kalasnikov electric car CV-1 really compete the modern Elon Musk Tesla model or Nissan?

The original car Izh-21252 Kombi
The original car Izh-21252 Kombi
Source: By Andrew Bone from Weymouth, England – IZH 2125 Combi, CC BY 2.0, – Click here

Let us first understand the original car Izh-21252 Kombi from which CV-1 is evolved. The IZh 2125 “Kombi” is a five-door hatchback compact car produced by the Soviet car manufacturer IZh from 1973 to 1997. The Kombi had notable success in sales within the USSR between 1974 and 1980 due to its durability, off-road capability, increased lifting capacity and was the first Izh car sold for export. Being a 1970s model, we can’t expect the aerodynamic design of the vehicle same as that of modern Tesla or Nissan cars.

My take on Kalasnikov Electric car CV-1

As we just have very few parameters, let us try to analyze the acceleration and compare with Nissan leaf to draw some conclusions.

The vehicle acceleration depends on various parameters as below

  • Vehicle mass
  • Engine Torque capabilities
  • Transmission system efficiency
  • Traction available at wheels
  • Aerodynamics drag

But let us restrict ourselves to Aerodynamic drag and vehicle weight to make the comparison simple. The more aerodynamic drag, the less will be the acceleration. The lower the drag coefficient is better. The more vehicle curb weight less will be the acceleration and vice versa is too for both cases. The lower the weigh is better for acceleration.

Even we are not sure about CV1 weight as we don’t have any pointers about the battery and motor weight used. Hence we will just have a rough comparison of the aerodynamic drag of each vehicle to guess the feasibility of attaining the acceleration promised.

Nissan Leaf with drag coefficient of 0.28 can accelerate from 0 to 97 km/hr within 7.4 secs with zero lift which means the car is more stable at higher speeds.

Whereas Kalashnikov CV1 Electric car is based on the only picture release, the aerodynamic profile looks not sufficient. Perhaps they can achieve this acceleration if they upgrade the profile as its successor model Lada Vesta which looks as below which seems to have a better aerodynamic body profile

lada vesta sedan
Lada vesta sedan
Source: Kalashnikov

My conclusion is that the Kalashnikov CV1 is just a concept and a lot way to go to prove its credentials. Hence let us wait and watch.

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