First Vinfast EVs set sail for US


It was solely in 2018 that Vietnam’s Vinfast unveiled its first mannequin, however lower than 5 years on the corporate has already made the swap to electrical automobiles and is weeks out from delivering its first automobiles to U.S. clients.

The corporate introduced late final week the primary cargo of automobiles had left Vietnam for the U.S. A complete 999 examples of Vinfast’s VF 8 mid-size electrical SUV are as a consequence of attain a port in California in December and will probably be delivered to clients earlier than the yr is out, Vinfast stated.

The 999 VF 8s are the primary batch of greater than 65,000 orders from clients exterior of Vietnam. Exports to different markets, together with Canada and Europe, are scheduled to start in early 2023, Vinfast stated. That is additionally when Vinfast will begin exports of its full-size VF 9 electrical SUV.

The VF 8 is priced from $42,200 and the VF 9 from $57,500, when ordered with a battery subscription. On this case, consumers can have to join a month-to-month subscription lasting the lifetime of the automobile, which is $169 for the VF 8 and $219 for the VF 9. Patrons also can select to purchase the automobiles with the battery price included, by which case the VF 8 is priced from $57,000 and the VF 9 from $76,000.

2023 Vinfast VF 9

2023 Vinfast VF 9

Each automobiles supply as much as 402 hp, all-wheel drive, a spread approaching 300 miles or extra, and a 10-year/125,000-mile guarantee.

Past the VF 8 and VF 9, Vinfast plans so as to add smaller VF 5, VF 6, and VF 7 crossovers. All 5 automobiles had been introduced collectively for the primary time in the course of the 2022 Shopper Electronics Present in January.

Vinfast’s foremost plant is positioned in Hai Phong, Vietnam, although the corporate in March introduced plans for a plant in Chatham County, North Carolina. The U.S. plant, which is scheduled to come back on-line in 2024 with an preliminary annual capability of 150,000 automobiles, will probably be used for each automobile and battery manufacturing. The primary automobiles would be the VF 8 and VF 9, with the native manufacturing to draw tax credit.

Not like different new corporations promising to convey EVs to the market, Vinfast has deep pockets. It is a part of Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup, which focuses on development and actual property improvement however can be concerned in agriculture, healthcare, retail, tourism and quite a few different sectors. And founder Pham Nhat Vuong pledged $2 billion of his personal fortune to see Vinfast turn out to be a globally acknowledged firm.


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