Written by Thembani Magazi – November 25, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Kalashnikov has long been known for some of the most lethal (and capable) assault rifles in the world with the AK-47 being nothing short of a household name. Not many perhaps know that the Russian company also has expressed interest in the world of electric mobility since 2018 when it first unveiled its Electric CV-1 concept. Kalashnikov then revealed plans of developing the Kalashnikov Izh UV-4 four-door EV as a prototype.
Local reports coming in from Russia now suggest that the company has filed patent applications in Russia for the UV-4. The UV-4 is likely to be the mainstay of the Russians in the world of electric vehicles that is currently dominated by the American Tesla, European brands like Mercedes, Volkswagen and Renault, South Korea’s Hyundai and several Chinese players. As it currently stands, it is not clear when, if at all, the UV-4 will enter the production cycle but Kalashnikov may be ready to pull the trigger (pun intended) soon.
The new EV is 3.4 metres long, 1.5 metres wide and 1.7 metres tall. It will likely be a city commute option with a small carbon footprint, boasting a light weight and a rumoured 150 km of range. More projects are reportedly on the horizon for the company with a possible electric three-wheeler in the works with exterior highlights similar to the UV-4 but without any doors. Details about battery and range for this one aren’t yet known.
Auto Trendy’s take:
A lot of players are choosing to enter the EV market right now, not all of them having any previous experience in the automotive space, but everyone has to start from somewhere and these reports are encouraging for auto fans. Companies like Google, Apple, Xiaomi, Huawei, along with many start-ups, are finding the space to be a level playing field for the first time. Kalashnikov may be the first defence equipment manufacturing company to make its EV plans public knowledge. We at Auto Trendy would not be surprised if in the future other companies of this nature pick up the baton and venture into electric mobility to compete.