VinFast VF 8 and VF 9 electric SUV prices announced at CES 2022

At CES 2022 this week, VinFast made several important announcements. First, he said he would stop building gasoline cars by the end of this year. Going forward, it will focus its research and development efforts on developing battery-powered electric powertrains for all of its vehicles. The company says the move will make VinFast one of the first automakers in the world to completely switch to pure electric vehicle construction and confirm its position as a leader in the electric vehicle revolution.

VinFast VF-8

VF 8. Image courtesy of VinFast

Second, he confirmed the prices of the two electric SUVs he intends to start selling in the United States this year. The VF 8 is a 5 passenger vehicle the size of a Ford Edge. It will be priced at $ 41,000 in America and € 36,133 in Europe. Details are sketchy at this time, but the company says the car will have 402 hp (299 kW) and 472 lb-ft (640 NM). 0 to 60 times will be approximately 5.5 seconds and the range based on the European emission test cycle would be 316 miles. The EPA range will be approximately 20% lower.

VinFast VF-9

VF 9. Image courtesy of VinFast

The VF 9 is a larger vehicle with 3-row seats for 6 or 7 passengers. It has the same powertrain but with a bigger battery, as its range is said to be 422 miles, again measured by the European test cycle. Acceleration to 60 mph is a bit slower at 6.5 seconds. Prices start at $ 56,000 in the US and £ 49,280 in Europe.

If you’re confused by the model designations, that’s understandable. VF 8 was known as VF e35 and VF 9 as VF e36. If you look at the top photo above, you’ll see the 5 electric cars VinFast expects to present this year. The VF 5, VF 6, and VF 7 are segment A, B, and C vehicles not intended for sale in the United States.

VinFast VF-5

VF 5. Image courtesy of VinFast

VinFast VF-6

VF 6. Image courtesy of VinFast

Both US-bound cars are attractively styled – Italian design studios Pininfarina and Torino contributed – and thoroughly modern inside with the expected touchscreens and the like. Motor trend attended CES 2022 and reports that the cars on display were locked so they could not sit inside.

VF 8 and VF 9 will have level 2+ autonomous driving capability in Eco and Plus versions with level 3 or level 4 technology available for Premium level cars. Both will come with “Smart Home, Mobile Office, In-car Shopping, In-car Entertainment, and many other advanced and convenient features that create an exhilarating experience for every trip and everyday life,” the company said.

“VinFast envisions a sustainable future for people and the planet through green, clean and safe mobility. It’s a future built on smart services, an exceptional customer experience and a deep concern for the planet and future generations. VinFast is committed to delivering innovative vehicle design, quality and technology, as well as excellent customer service. We aspire to even greater achievements – to be one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric vehicles while inspiring our customers to be limitless together and join the electric vehicle revolution, creating a sustainable future for all ”, said Le Thi Thu Thuy, Vice President of Vingroup and CEO of VinFast Global in a Press release.

Battery rental plan

Also at CES 2022, VinFast announced a battery rental program that will give customers two choices. Flexible comes with a minimum subscription fee for 300 miles (500 km) per month with an additional charge per mile thereafter. The Fixed Lease allows unlimited driving. The company claims that either option will cost about the same as buying gasoline to travel the same distance, which is a bit odd given that electricity is generally cheaper, but the advantage is that VinFast will perform any required battery maintenance and replace the battery at its expense if it loses 30% or more of its capacity. It is not clear from the press release how the leasing programs affect the list prices of cars.

American factory coming soon

Finally, the company has announced plans to start selling cars made in the United States by the end of 2024 and to build its own assembly complex and battery manufacturing plant in America to support its vehicle projects. electric. Tells it Reuters, “We’ve gone, I think, from over 50 sites to about three sites. She said a decision on the location of the plant will be made this year and the plant will also manufacture electric buses.

Is there an electric car from VinFast in your future? The company hopes so. Like all new ventures, it will stumble and stumble early on, but it certainly appears to be fully engaged in the electric vehicle revolution. This is a good thing.

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