Vietnam’s VinFast delivers first batch of all-electric SUVs
VinFast LLC, a member of the Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup, marked a historic milestone on September 10 with the deliveries of the first batch of 100 VF 8 all-electric vehicles for VinFast’s pioneer customers. The VF 8 is Vietnam’s first global smart electric car which is now ready to enter the most demanding markets in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
With the theme “The Future is Now” the VF 8 Delivery Event was held at VinFast’s manufacturing complex in Hai Phong in the company of VinFirst customers – the first to reserve the vehicles.
The event was also live streamed globally, so VinFast’s customers and viewers worldwide could witness the moment when Vietnam’s first global electric vehicles officially rolled off the production line.
After these initial deliveries in Vietnam, VinFast plans to export the next batch of approximately 5,000 VF 8s headed to the U.S., Canada, and Europe from November. The first international customers are expected to receive their vehicles as early as December 2022.
Speaking at the event, Le Thi Thu Thuy, vice chairwoman of Vingroup and Global CEO of VinFast, said: “Today’s event marks a turning point for Vietnam’s auto industry. In this historic moment, we are extremely happy to deliver the first batch of VF 8 all-electric vehicles to our pioneering customers in Vietnam. And very soon, the enthusiasm will be realized by more than 65,000 pioneering customers world wide.”
The VinFast VF 8 is an electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) made for global markets with a five-seat configuration. The VF 8 is equipped with ADAS, a series of advanced automated driving features that includes Highway Assist, Automated Lane Changing Assist, Smart Parking Assist, Smart Summon Mode, and Remote Parking Assist. In addition, the VF 8 is equipped with the “Smart Services” package, along with features for controlling and interacting with the vehicle through voice, remote vehicle control which can be accessed via the VinFast app. The package also includes other impressive high-quality user experiences, such as online shopping, and video games that synchronize with your smart phone.
The VinFast VF 8 has two versions: Eco and Plus. The VF 8 Eco version is equipped with a 260 kW-maximum-power electric motor reaching a maximum torque of 500Nm (approximately 369 ft-lbs) that sustains a range of up to 260 miles after each full charge (WLTP). The VF 8 Plus version is equipped with a 300 kW-maximum-power electric motor reaching a maximum torque of 620Nm (approximately 457 ft-lbs) with a range of up to 248 miles per each full charge (WLTP).
A significant advantage of electric motors versus internal combustion engines is the ability to instantly achieve maximum torque, which helps VinFast VF 8 accelerate impressively, operate smoothly, and provide an outstanding driving feeling.
In addition to the battery subscription policy announced earlier this year, as of September 1, 2022, VinFast officially offered an option to purchase batteries with cars to meet the diverse needs of customers. Customers who made reservations to purchase a VF 8 or VF 9 before September 1, 2022, can keep their original battery subscription option and enjoy a permanent rate for the lifetime of their vehicle. They also have the option to select a new option—purchasing the vehicle and battery together, to own the complete package.
VinFast offers a world-leading 10-year warranty, mobile charging, mobile service, 24/7 free rescue during the warranty period, and more.