Russian arms maker Kalashnikov, better known for producing AK-47/AK-56 Assault rifles has indicated that it wants to make electric motorcycles for both civilian and military applications. Both concepts were presented recently at the Army 2017 International Military-Technical Forum in Moscow, Russia.
Kalashnikov’s electric motorcycles – one for military purposes and one for the police forces were presented in two distinct style-cum-utility packages. Design engineers were inspired by a dirt bike for a utilitarian model for the military complete with a rifle holder on one hand and on the other a supermoto-style bike for urban police forces.
On the tech side, no details were released. Considering the market getting flooded with various packages from DIY builders to tech companies, most electric bikes, such as the Zero DS, are offered with high-tech features like the digital dashboard and smartphone apps. However, the Kalashnikov bikes does not get into such tech wizardry and instead, they have opted for good old-fashioned flip switches, indicator lights and a chrono-type speedometer.
If the screenshots from the promotional video are of any indication to go by, then the police model has a range of 150km and the military version seems to only have a range of 100km. The production bikes will be manufactured by IZH, a subsidiary of Kalashnikov. 50 of the police motorcycles will be used by law enforcement at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.