The Kalashnikov has two new shots in the barrel to try to make a name for itself in the automotive field, namely the three and four-wheel versions of its electric taxi. In 2018, the Russian company that established itself in the military field (not only firearms, but also robots and remote-controlled devices and vehicles of various kinds) had exhibited a zero-emission car in perfect seventies style, the CV-1 Concept limousine from 350 kilometers of autonomy. In 2019 it had carved out further spaces first with the three-wheeled Ovum 2 and then with the prototype of a battery-powered taxi, the Ovum UV-4, a quadricycle that closely resembles the French Renault’s Twizy.
Recently, images filed for patents have circulated online, revealing an evolution in shapes and design compared to the model intended for public transport. However, beyond the lines seen in the photos there isn’t much to speculate on. Kalashnikov, at least for now, has not disclosed information relating to the two vehicles, nor the possible times of industrialization. The references therefore remain those of the four-door and four-seater UV-4 of 3.4 meters in length, 1.5 in width and 1.7 in height with a declared weight of around 650 kilograms. From the photos relating to the patent, a vehicle with a more angular body emerges, but still with four doors and a rear window. Definitely essential in design, it should also be spartan in setting up. The rumors speak of air conditioning, digital instrumentation, an infotainment screen and adjustable suspension.
The three-wheel variant has a shorter length and wheelbase (and therefore the weight should also be lower), has no doors and offers two seats. The front profile is decidedly more rounded even if the front does not stand out too much from the larger model. At the rear, the rear window disappears, while the roof is partially transparent. As possible references for power, speed and range we can cite the data anticipated at the time for the UV-4, that is an electric unit with 68 HP, a peak speed of 80 hours (probably less for the three-wheel variant for via homologation regulations) and a mileage of up to 150 kilometers thanks to the 13.2 kWh battery.
Since the technology applied to electrification has made great strides in the last three years, it is by no means excluded that there have been changes, in particular as regards the range. At least on the media front, Kalashnikov, a company under public control (51% of the capital is in the hands of the state holding Rostec) has hit the target. Whether it manages to hit the mark even if and when the vehicles hit the market is another matter as competition is important. Just think of the last two models seen at the IAA in Munich, the Citytransformer with variable track and the new Italian-made Microlino, or the Mole Urbana quadricycle from Turin whose debut is expected next year just to name a few examples. .