The First Clients Obtain VinFast’s VF 5, Priced At $19,500, Batteries Not Included


VinFast turned over the primary batch of VinFast VF 5 good electrical automobiles to its new homeowners in easy ceremonies at sellers and luxurious malls throughout Vietnam.

The idea of the economic system EV was first launched in January 2022 on the Las Vegas Client Electronics Present (CES), and later the identical 12 months on the Paris Worldwide Auto Present. The intention for the inexpensive, compact VF 5 was to fulfill the wants of Vietnam’s home market.

Automotive specialists and journalists in Vietnam, commenting on a submit about its launch, say that the VF 5 was “rushed” due to the anticipated inflow of Chinese language EVs to the nation. Early this 12 months, BYD was reported to have ‘explored’ tie-ups in Vietnam to arrange a plant within the Northern a part of the nation. BYD, nonetheless, stated Vietnam is considered one of three locations within the ASEAN area to find its manufacturing unit. In the meantime, China’s Wuling Hongguang Mini EV is ready to be assembled and bought in Vietnam later this 12 months.

“We all know that the Vietnamese low-cost EV market will increase. We additionally anticipate that many Chinese language manufacturers are coming in to promote or to assemble their automobiles right here in Vietnam. Like in lots of different international locations in Asia, the market could also be flooded with tremendous low cost EVs though high quality of those automobiles are unknown to the market. Additionally, there may be the problem of after gross sales service which is actually essential to the Vietnamese market,” a supply at VinFast engineering instructed CleanTechnica.

The VF 5 is a strategic mannequin launched alongside one other VinFast car, the VF 7. It’s quantity 4 in VinFast’s EV lineup, which is now current in all of the essential market segments. The VF 8 has already been launched and is the corporate’s first world mannequin. Inside the subsequent few months, the massive SUV VF 9 will likely be delivered to prospects in North America, after being turned over to prospects in its residence nation.

The VF 5 is an fascinating story, as a result of early as 2019, the planning of the car was to create a home EV solely. The market research behind it decided the scale of the standard Vietnamese household is 4. Research had been finished to incorporate measurements of the peak and weight index to make the automobile with such a compact footprint. Research additionally revealed {that a} compact SUV will work properly, versus a sedan or hatchback, with the rising sophistication available in the market. The native value for the VF 5 is VND 538 million (roughly $22,900) battery included.

VinFast VF 5

The VF 5 in its flagship blue shade (Picture from VinFast)

The automobile’s value goes right down to VND 458 million (roughly $19,500) when the battery price is excluded. It is because not like habits within the North American market, the Vietnamese market is okay with “batteries not included” when shopping for the automobile. There’ll, nonetheless, be a month-to-month fastened battery subscription charge of VND 1.6 million (approximate US$68). That doesn’t embody charging prices.

Nevertheless, in the entire ASEAN area, Vietnam has a low common electrical energy value, in contrast even to that of extra superior nations. Additionally it is growing its renewable vitality combine to scale back dependence on coal by 2030. VinFast additionally has over 150,000 charging ports for electrical automobiles and scooters all through the nation.

Comparatively, the favored compact hatchback Toyota Yaris is about VND 693 million (~$29,500) and the phase equal Ford Territory is VND 830 million (about $35,000).

It was first launched in December 1, 2022 via a social media marketing campaign the place VinFast gross sales brokers began to submit details about the brand new car, supposed as mass market EV. Inside 9 hours after the posts had been made, over 3,000 reservations, with a VND 10 million ($450) deposit, had been obtained and about 2,400 (80%) had been transformed to preorders with a required down fee.

VinFast attributes this spectacular response to each the supposed pricing (formally introduced solely in January 2023) and the options of the VF 5, in addition to the very optimistic response on the VinFast e34, one other solely home EV.

What could possibly be most spectacular within the introduction of the VF 5 is the time from reservation to manufacturing. It took VinFast’s Hai Phong manufacturing unit to ship the automobile to the shopper in solely 4 months.

“The shortening of the time from reservation to supply to solely 4 months demonstrates VinFast’s robust dedication to its prospects. This displays not solely “Belief” and “Velocity” in Vingroup’s core values, but additionally affirms VinFast’s excellent capability in car improvement, course of and useful resource optimization,” Madam Le Thi Thu Thuy, Vingroup Vice Chairwoman and CEO of VinFast Holdings stated.

VinFast’s press details about the VF 5 (the actual variant that was launched within the Plus) describes it as possessing “a contemporary, youthful, fashionable design with 35 inside and exterior shade mixes, making certain personalization satisfying each buyer’s way of life, character, and preferences.”

The VND 458 million price ticket comes full with good options akin to Self-diagnosis; Intrusion Alert; Vietnamese Q&A with the Digital Assistant; Over-the-air Updates; Commonplace Cruise Management; Door Open Warning; Rear Cross Site visitors Alert; Blind Spot Detection; and Rear Parking Help.

When it comes to efficiency, the VF 5 Plus options an electrical motor that packs 100 kW of most energy, 135 Nm of most torque, and a 37.23 kWh lithium battery pack, enabling a driving vary of greater than 300 km per each full change (NEDC.)

The after-sales package deal features a 7-year (or 140,000-km) guarantee coverage (whichever comes first), 24/7 Cell Charging, 24/7 Cell Service, 24/7 roadside help, nationwide “continuous” service workshop system, and way more. An intensive system of VinFast’s shops and repair workshops along with sellers’ service is present in 63 provinces and cities everywhere in the nation.

“I imagine that together with the VF e34, VF 8, and VF 9, already bought in the marketplace, the launch of the VF 5 Plus will present prospects with further selections that go well with the wants of the bulk, thereby encouraging shoppers to change to electrical automobiles and contributing to a sustainable future for all,” Thuy concluded, whereas highlighting how the VF 5 is essential in VinFast’s efforts to advertise the adoption of electrical automobiles amongst shoppers and drive the transition in direction of greener mobility in Vietnam.


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