Hold your fire: Kalashnikov wants to make electric minicars

The (in)famous rifle manufacturer Kalashnikov isn’t sticking to its guns — both literally and figuratively — as much as it used to. After making weapons for 214 years, it’s now eyeing a piece of the EV market. Come off it, Ioanna, you say. I hear you. And maybe you’re imagining an aggressive vehicle with firearms attached all around. That was on my mind too. But patent images, recently published in the open database of Russia’s Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (FIPS), show the possible production version of two urban electric minicars: a four- and a three-wheeler. The UV-4 four-wheeler Kalashnikov first…This...

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