VinFast is filling in its vehicle orders for the USA and Canada with a shipment of 1,879 cars leaving for the Port of Benicia in California and expected to arrive after 20 days at sea. Some 1,098 VF 8s will be unloaded at the US West Coast port, while 781 vehicles are headed for Canada afterwards.
After clearing importation procedures and completing the required licenses and certificates, VinFast expects to hand over these VF 8 standards to the US customers in May and Canadian customers some time in June.
Last December, the Silver Queen left from Haiphong in Vietnam and arrived in the US on December 20. It was not until early March that the vehicles were turned over to their first customers. In the case of Canada, this will be the first time customers will be receiving their vehicles.
The shipment fulfills Vinfast’s promise to its customers in North America for deliveries within the “first quarter of the year.” The company reported that since the release of the first batch in March, orders are still coming in and that the initial target of 5,000 units will be served.
“Manufacturing is in full swing at Haiphong to fulfill more orders for North America and Europe. A bulk of the cars now in the assembly line will be allocations for our European customers, but we will continue to supply the US market continuously until our North Carolina plant is completed,” a spokesperson from VinFast told CleanTechnica.
In the first batch, more of the VF 8 City edition were delivered. This batch contains only the Eco and the Plus variants, which offer a higher estimated range than the City.
The VF 8 Eco is equipped with a 260-kW maximum-power electric motor reaching a maximum torque of 500Nm. At the same time, the Plus trim comes with a maximum power of 300 kW and maximum torque of 620Nm.
The VF 8 Standard is also equipped with the company’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), providing a wide range of features that will be enhanced and updated regularly — such as highway assist, auto lane changing assist, fully-automated parking assistance, smart summon mode, remote parking, and more.
Smart Services are integrated with immersive features such as a virtual assistant and remote control via the VinFast app. In addition, convenience features such as online shopping, in-car home and office services, etc. will provide a supportive experience to consumers.
For the European markets, the first exported batch is expected to commence in mid-July 2023 with 700 VF 8 vehicles.
In 2022, VinFast expanded its global business network further, opening more than 30 retail stores and service centers in the US, Canada, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. In Vietnam, VinFast officially delivered the first VF 9 all-electric SUVs to customers in March 2023 and expects to deliver the new subcompact VF 5 Plus models in April 2023.
On a global scale, VinFast will soon open reservations for VF 6 and VF 7 and deliver VF 9 vehicles to customers who have made reservations, according to a company press statement.
Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:
I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...