VinFast, the automotive arm of billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong’s VinGroup, has chosen the Consumer Electronics Show to present the VF5, VF6 and VF7 crossovers, expanding its all-electric range to five vehicles. Pham Nyat Vyong once created a popular brand of instant noodles “Mivina” (Ukrainian analogue of “Doshirak”). The company also renamed the existing VF e35 and VF e36 to VF8 and VF9 to make it easier for customers to choose.
The vehicles cover a wide range of segments: VF5 (A-SUV), VF6 (B-SUV), VF7 (C-SUV), VF8 (D-SUV) and VF9 (E-SUV) were designed by Pininfarina and Torino Design. They all have a distinctive design to create a unified look. Unfortunately, the presentation did not contain information about the technical characteristics of each electric vehicle, but at least they were shown live, and not in pictures.
In terms of connectivity, the crossovers will include infotainment technology that will allow users to stream videos, play games, shop online, or control their smart home devices as part of a Smart Service subscription package. Inside the VF8 and VF9 are 15.4-inch touchscreen infotainment screens.
In the base Eco variants, the cars will offer Level 2+ autonomous technology developed in collaboration with ZF, while the Premium variants will have Level 3 and Level 4 autonomous driving systems. Available ADAS systems will include traffic jam assistance and highway assistance. lane keeping, automatic lane change, fully automated parking with call mode and remote parking capability.
VinFast also announced a battery rental program with two subscription plans. “Flexible” allows 500 km per month for a certain fee with surcharge for additional mileage, while “Fixed” will have unlimited mileage. In both of these, VinFast EV’s cost of ownership is “roughly equal to the cost of owning a gasoline car,” with the company covering all battery maintenance costs, including free battery replacement when capacity drops below 70%.
Prices for the VF8 start at $ 41,000 for the Eco and $ 48,000 for the Plus. The VF9 costs between $ 56,000 and $ 61,000. VinFast offers a 10-year warranty or 200,000 km and has already started accepting pre-orders.
The VF8 and VF9 are slated to enter the market in the fourth quarter of 2022 and the VF5, VF6 and VF7 in 2023. VinFast will be one of the first automakers to end ICE vehicles and become an all-electric brand by the end of 2022.
Le Thi Thu Thuy, CEO of VinFast Global, said the company will build a giant plant in the US in addition to a battery plant under construction in Vietnam. VinFast plans to start producing electric vehicles in the United States in late 2024, according to Reuters.