Convoy of electric cars embarks on 9-day road trip via Muscat

A convoy of some 10 electric cars began a nine-day road trip on Thursday from Abu Dhabi to Muscat. (Shutterstock)
Updated 18 January 2018
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Convoy of electric cars embarks on 9-day road trip via Muscat

A convoy of some 10 electric cars began a nine-day road trip on Thursday from Abu Dhabi to Muscat, Times of Oman reported.
The vehicles will cover more than 1,200 kilometers, ending the trip at Sustainable City in Dubai.
The road trip will see several charging stations launched, including the first in Oman.
Most of the stations will be opened at hotels where people can relax while their vehicles recharge.


Move over, Elon Musk: Kalashnikov unveils ‘electric supercar’ to rival Tesla

Updated 23 August 2018
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Move over, Elon Musk: Kalashnikov unveils ‘electric supercar’ to rival Tesla

MOSCOW: Russian arms maker Kalashnikov on Thursday presented its new electric car inspired by a rare 1970s model, saying the new technology will rival Elon Musk’s Tesla.
The brand, best known for the AK-47 machine gun, presented the decidedly retro-looking pale blue prototype, the CV-1, at a defense expo outside Moscow.
The look was inspired by a Soviet hatchback model developed in the 1970s called “Izh-Kombi,” a statement on the Kalashnikov website said.
Holding company Kalashnikov Concern said it has developed some cutting-edge elements for the “electric supercar,” including a “revolutionary” inverter. The vehicle can travel 350 kilometers on one charge.
“We are developing our own concept of an electric supercar, which is based on several original systems developed by the concern,” the firm said.
“This technology will let us stand in the ranks of global electric car producers such as Tesla and be their competitor,” RIA-Novosti further quoted the Kalashnikov press-service as saying.
“We were inspired by the experience of global market leaders in developing our concept.”
Kalashnikov Concern has long been trying to expand its brand, recently launching lines of clothing and other civilian merchandise ranging from umbrellas to mobile phone covers.
Its foray into electric vehicles however was met with mixed reactions from Russians. Comments to the news on the company’s official Facebook page ranged from “cyberpunk” to “Izh-Zombie.”
“Your tanks are great, but it would be better if you stayed away from cars,” one user wrote.
Earlier this week, online users ridiculed Kalashnikov’s new bipedal combat robot. The golden-color machine, reportedly named “Igorek” in production stages, immediately became a subject of social media memes.
“Somebody had watched too much ‘Robocop’,” tweeted user happy__keanu, referring to the 1987 action film about a cyborg law enforcer.