Kalashnikov targets electric cars: two models on the way?


When you hear about Kalashnikov you immediately think of the legendary AK-47 rifle . Yet, perhaps not everyone remembers that the Russian company is also engaged for a while of time in the electric car sector. In 2018, in fact, he had shown the prototype of a particular battery-powered car that was characterized by the retro design; inspired by that of a Soviet car, the Izh 2125 & quot; Kombi & quot; of 1973.

Shortly after, Kalashnikov presented & ograve; also the electric prototype Izh UV-4 which in 2019 was also proposed in a taxi variant. Apparently, there is some interesting news on the way about the company's electric vehicle projects. Russian. A series of images contained within a patent implies that the UV-4 prototype can indeed reach mass production.

In reality, the photos show < strong> two different models . If the former looks very similar to the Izh UV-4, the latter is; more small, with two doors and only 3 wheels (2 front and one rear). But let's go in order.


The first car, the one with 4 wheels, has some similarities with the Renault Twizy even if it is; more great since measures 3.4 meters long x 1.5 meters wide x 1.7 meters high. The interior should not be particularly rich but the standard equipment should still include digital instrumentation, air conditioning, infotainment and adjustable suspension.

A model for the city, for military operations or for other purposes? Hard to say. For the moment we can & ograve; just go back to what was communicated a few years ago on this prototype. The powertrain was characterized by the presence of a 50 kW/68 HP electric motor able to allow the car to reach 80 km/h. Kalashnikov did not disclose the battery data, but in 2019 he said it was enough for a range of 150km . The vehicle weight would be 650 kg . There & ograve; means it could be approved as a heavy quadricycle.

The 3-wheel model, currently unnamed, features a similar design to that of the UV-4 albeit with a more wheelbase; short. There are no doors and inside there is; place for two passengers. No information, however, regarding the powertrain. Will they really arrive? Considering the fact that the Russian company in the past had presented some prototypes and seen the images of the patent, one would think that the official announcement may not be missing much. If Kalashnikov really intends to launch these battery-powered cars, it is; possible that it may already & agrave; in the course of 2022 .

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