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Kalashnikov, the Russian manufacturer of the AK-47 assault rifle, is getting into the electric motorcycle game. Kalashnikov Group recently presented its new electric motorcycle for Russian military and police forces, saying the 50 of the police versions will be used by the Moscow police at the 2018 World Cup.
According to lanesplitter.jalopnik.com, the police version of the new electric motorcycle is supposed to have a range of about 150 kilometers. The motorcycle is available in a dirt bike model for the military and a supermoto-style bike model for urban police forces.
The military version has a gun rack on the handlebars. The bikes are being built by Russian motorcycle manufacturer IZH, a subsidiary of Kalashnikov.
Kalashnikov isn’t the only electric motorcycle maker with dreams of military or law enforcement contracts. Virginia-based Logos Technologies was awarded a second contract by the the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency DARPA to keep developing its hybrid-electric SilentHawk motorcycle.
The SilentHawk is basically the Alta Redshift MX with a multi-fuel generator to recharge the battery on long missions.