VinFast delivered the first batch of electric vehicles to customers in its home country of Vietnam, becoming the last automaker to boast of having electric vehicles on the road.
In a ceremony held on December 25 at the company’s manufacturing complex in Hai Phong, Vietnam, VinFast delivered the first series of VF e34 electric vehicles. According to the press release, the start of manufacturing of the VF e34 makes Vietnam one of the few countries in the world capable of producing clean energy vehicles.
The small electric SUV VF e34 is the first electric vehicle from VinFast and the first electric vehicle made in Vietnam. It has an NCA lithium-ion battery providing a range (NEDC) of approximately 285 km (177 miles). The 42 kWh pack powers a front-mounted electric motor that produces 110 kW (147 hp) and 242 Nm (178 lb-ft) of torque.
VinFast didn’t provide any indexes for acceleration and top speed, but given the curb weight of just 1490 kg (3285 lbs), we assume they are decent.
The VF e34 comes with a battery rental program in Vietnam, with the basic package of 500 km (310 miles) per month costing around $ 30. The offer also includes free replacement of the battery when its charge capacity drops below 70%.
VinFast says it is committed to renting batteries for the entire product life cycle and will adjust rental prices annually. The first 25,000 customers will receive free battery rent for the first 12 months. As for charging, VF e34 customers get a 2.2kW portable charger, while a 7.4kW wall charger costs around $ 411.
The company also claims that its first EV offers intuitive operation and many built-in smart features researched and developed exclusively for the Vietnamese market, deployable via live updates.
In addition, the automaker offers an optional advanced driver assistance package valued at approximately $ 2,600. The pack is free for the first 25,000 reservation holders.
There is no pricing available on the VinFast website, but the booking page where customers can reserve their VF e34 lists a fee of 10,000,000 VDN (approximately $ 438).
Outside of Vietnam, VinFast has major expansion plans in North America and Europe. The company launched the VF e35 and VF e36 electric SUVs at the Los Angeles auto show last month, with both models expected to be available for pre-order in the United States in the first half of 2022.
More details on VinFast’s expansion plans and the full five-model electric vehicle lineup will be on offer at CES 2022 (January 5-8).