First Batch of VinFast EVs Arrives In California & Are Cleared For Promoting


The primary batch of 999 VinFast VF8s and VF9s arrived in California at present, December 20, fulfilling a promise first broached in April on the New York Auto Present, confirmed in Las Vegas and reconfirmed within the Los Angeles Auto Present simply this November.

VinFast VF8 No. 1 greets US soil after 26 days at sea. (Picture from VinFast Media Group)

By the opening of the LA Auto Present, over 5,000 vehicles have been already shifting throughout the meeting strains on the similar time that only one wanting one thousand have been already being readied to be loaded on the Silver Queen for cargo by early December to the US.

“Right now marks an important milestone for VinFast. Early this 12 months in Las Vegas, we introduced our lineup of all-electric SUVs and made a daring promise to ship them to the market by the top of 2022. Right now, that promise is fulfilled. Beginning with this primary supply of 999 VF 8s Metropolis Version, VinFast has made one other large step in its ongoing mission to carry all-electric transportation to everybody,” Madam Le Thi Thu Thuy, Vice Chairwoman of Vingroup and CEO of VinFast Singapore mentioned in a press assertion.

Final September, CleanTechnica requested Madam Thuy how her firm can ship that promise, when through the go to to the corporate’s robotic meeting plant in Hai Phong the vehicles have been nonetheless in numerous phases of meeting. The plant, in-built simply 21 months, options its personal paint and press outlets, an meeting line with over 1,200 robots, and a testing facility. Simply inside the compound is a battery manufacturing plant that boasts of not solely clear power for manufacturing but in addition new battery applied sciences for remanufacturing and recycling already constructed into the meeting know-how.

“Many proceed to be skeptical about VinFast and we would like that. We wish the problem, to not show them improper however to point out Vietnam and the world that our technique to deal with the manufacturing of electrical autos, vehicles, busses and scooters with the expertise and the assets proper right here in Vietnam is the appropriate one,” Madam Thuy commented.

Arriving within the Port of Benicia in California after 26 days at sea from Vietnam are the primary 999 VinFast all-electric autos together with the VF 8 Metropolis Version, a restricted version particularly designed for the US market. This automobile was created to allow a direct buyer expertise of VinFast autos in 2022.

Lining up 154 of the 999 VF8s and VF9s (Picture by VinFast Media Group)

The corporate additionally acquired all the vital certifications to promote vehicles within the US and can start delivering autos to prospects by the top of this month. These embody EPA COC to import and promote autos into the US, the CARB EO to ship autos to prospects in California and states which have adopted CARB guidelines. These embody Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware​, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C. The model has additionally efficiently complied with all relevant FMVSS issued by NHTSA.

With all of the options of the usual VF 8, the VF 8 Metropolis Version makes use of the Superior Driver Help System (ADAS) and Good Companies platform. It’s going to even be up to date commonly over the air (FOTA) to enhance automobile performance and buyer expertise.

The VF 8 Metropolis Version could have an industry-leading 10-year guarantee for the automobile, a 10-year guarantee for the battery (limitless mileage), and 24/7 emergency roadside help through the guarantee interval. Designed for normal each day commuters, the VF 8 Metropolis Version’s battery vary has been lately licensed by EPA at 179 miles for the Eco and Plus fashions.

VinFast assured the primary purchasers of its autos that the progressive VinFast Battery Subscription Program will apply. VinFirst Pioneers (a reputation the corporate makes use of for its first consumers) who buy a VF 8 or VF 9 in 2022 or 2023 will take pleasure in everlasting subscription charges for your complete lifetime of their automobile.

In accordance with public analysis, this vary is a number of instances higher than the typical each day vary of a typical driver in California. It will likely be improved with a software program replace and the brand new vary is predicted to be introduced by the top of January 2023.


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