VinFast begins delivering fully electric VF 8 SUVs ahead of global expansion
Vietnamese automaker VinFast has delivered the first 100 of its VF 8 all-electric SUVs to customers in Vietnam, with global deliveries expected to begin in December.
VinFast has rapidly evolved into a potential player in the battery electric vehicle (BEV) market since it began operations in 2019. Already VinFast has made inroads into the US automotive market and, earlier this year , began a roadshow in California to show off its all-electric VF 8 and VF 9 SUV.
However, the first VF 8 SUVs were delivered to pioneer VinFast customers in Vietnam during a delivery event held last weekend at VinFast’s manufacturing complex in Hai Phong.
An electric SUV designed for global markets, VinFast’s VF 8 SUV seats five and measures 187.00″ (length) x 76.14″ (width) x 65.63″ (height). Two versions have been rolled out, the Eco and the Plus.
The Eco has a range of up to 420 kilometers and a 260 kW electric motor delivering a maximum torque of 500 Nm, while the Plus has a 300 kW motor delivering a maximum torque of 620 Nm and a range of up to 400 kilometers.
The VF 8 is also equipped with driver assist features such as Roadside Assist, Automated Lane Change Assist, Smart Park Assist, Smart Summon Mode and Auto Park Assist. distance.
The VF 8 is also equipped with a “Smart Services” package which appears to include features for controlling and interacting with the vehicle by voice and remote vehicle control accessible through the VinFast mobile app.
A battery subscription offer is also available to reduce the cost of the vehicle.
“Today’s event marks a turning point for the Vietnamese automotive industry,” said Le Thi Thu Thuy, Vice President of Vingroup and Global CEO of VinFast.
“At this historic moment, we are extremely pleased to deliver the first batch of VF 8 all-electric vehicles to our pioneer customers in Vietnam. And very soon, the enthusiasm will be realized by more than 65,000 pioneer customers all over the world.
The VF 8 would retail for US$42,200 in the United States, excluding battery rental cost, while the VF 9 would retail for US$57,500.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has written about climate change, clean technology and electric vehicles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew Economy and The Driven since 2012. His preferred mode of transport is his feet.