Deliveries of the first VinFast electric car have started in Vietnam, a market still in its infancy

Vietnam’s first car manufacturer, VinFast, has started to deliver the first electric cars that the country will receive from this young brand with global aspirations. Its about SUV eléctrico VF e34, which certifies 300 km of autonomy.

Meanwhile, it has started construction of the first battery plant in Vietnam and will also present five new models at CES in Las Vegas.

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The VF e34 is part of the C segment, and measures 4,300 mm long, 1,768 mm wide and 1,613 mm high. It mounts a 110 kW electric motor and a 42 kWh battery pack, which allows it to travel a distance of 300 km between charges.

About 100 units are expected to be delivered in December and 2,000 in January, and the price on the Vietnamese market is around $ 30,500 to change, although there are still no details about the price it will have outside of Vietnam.

The VF e34 is offered with a battery rental program in Vietnam, with the basic package of 500 km per month costing approximately $ 30. The offer also includes free battery replacement when its charge capacity drops below 70%.

The sales model of this manufacturer will be Tesla style; that is, without dealerships, and prepares its foray into the European and American market with the Electric SUV VF e35 and VF e36.

The truth is that Vietnam, which is among the most polluted countries in the world, has a very immature electric car market.

With a population of over 96 million people, about half own motorcycles, while car ownership has a proportion of 23 per 1000 people.

Neither does the Government offer financial incentives to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles, although it does for some kinds of hybrids or vehicles with CNG. To this is added that, although VinFast has announced plans to build between 30,000 and 50,000 charging stations, only around 200 have come into operation.

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VinFast, born in 2017 under the umbrella of the powerful VinGroup consortium, has also announced that the works to lift the first lithium ion battery factory in Vietnam (located in Vung Ang), have started thanks to an investment of 174 million dollars.

The plan is to manufacture batteries for VinFast’s electric cars and buses, and it is designed to produce 100,000 battery packs a year thanks to a high degree of automation.

But first, specifically between January 5 and 8, we will see a new line of electric vehicles that the company has prepared for CES in Las Vegas. As explained, these are five models of segments A, B, C and D.

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