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buying 2023 VinFast VF e35 and VF e36 First Look: Vietnamese EVs

08:55  02 october  2021
08:55  02 october  2021 Source:   motortrend.com

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VinFast EVs Are California Bound. The company's electric SUV lineup currently consists of the VF e 34, VF e 35 , and the forthcoming VF e 36 , sized for the C, D, and E classes. The latter two are scheduled to spearhead the company's expansion into North America, starting in e-friendly California in mid-2022. Is it hot-weather testing them in Arizona by towing loads up Davis Dam? If by some miracle VinFast manages to launch its e-SUVs in California in 2022, we might counsel our readers to resist the urge to be the first on your block to own one .

VinFast was Vietnam ’s first automaker to come into existence in 2019. The company started selling petrol-powered crossover vehicles before centering its lineup around electric crossovers. Having sold over 30,000 units, the automaker has already garnered an 8.3 percent market share in Vietnam . The company plans to sell US-specific models, E 35 and E 36 , to give tough competition to Tesla and General Motors. The E 35 will be an SUV/crossover model with a stylish design and stunning performance. With plans to offer a surprising array of autonomies and a battery leasing scheme

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Nobody's heard much from VinFast, the automotive arm of Vietnam's largest listed company (Vingroup) since it unveiled a car and an SUV at the 2018 Paris Auto Show, each featuring Pininfarina redesigns of F10-generation BMW 5 Series and the F15 BMW X5 underpinnings. We paid attention because the company also announced plans to expand to North America with a VinFast electric car or two.

At the recent Move America mobility conference in Austin Texas, VinFast chief service officer Craig Westbrook illuminated those plans in greater detail. Here we'll share the plans he presented, but because Westbrook and VinFast have neglected to respond to any of our follow-up questions, we aren't holding our breath.

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TURIN (Reuters) - Vietnamese carmaker VinFast could add other markets in 2023 to expand its European strategy beyond a planned debut in Germany, France and the Netherlands next year. The company, a unit of Vingroup JSC Vietnam 's largest conglomerate which some have called " Vietnam 's answer to Tesla", will debut in Europe next year with two battery electric SUVs models, the midsized VF e 35 and the seven-seater VF e 36 , both VinFast became Vietnam 's first fully fledged domestic car manufacturer when its first gasoline-powered models built under its own badge hit the streets in 2019.

Note: Features of VF e 35 and VF e 36 are designed features targeted at launch. Spacious interior The winning VinFast UI interface continues in the VF e 36 . Note: VF e 35 and VF e 36 technology features are similar. Interior soft trim is cut and sewn with quilted leather, brushed aluminum, and open pore wood.

VinFast Update

In the years since that Paris debut, the company has taken over GM's assembly plant in Hanoi for use building the Fadil city car—a licensed design based on the Opel Karl variant of our Chevy Spark. The company has also built a 1.3-square-mile facility at Cát Hải in northern Vietnam to build cars, motorbikes, and parts boasting 90 percent automated production with a capacity to build 250,000 cars and 500,000 e-scooters per year.

The BMW-based car and SUV are in production as the Lux A2.0 and Lux SA2.0 respectively, and a luxury version of the latter known as the President has been launched, powered by a 6.2-liter GM-sourced V-8. VinFast has also purchased GM's Lang Lang proving ground in Australia and launched a series of electric scooters, motorbikes, SUVs, and even a bus.

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VinFast is a LLC private automotive startup manufacturer headquartered in Vietnam which opened in 2017, a member of the conglomerate organization Vingroup.

Cerence’s voice assistant technologies and platforms combined with VinFast’s AI database enable a variety of highly interactive features in customers’ native languages. VinFast will soon launch its smart EV lineup of VF e 34, VF e 35 and VF e 36 throughout Vietnam , North America and Europe in 2021 and 2022. In addition to the AI-powered voice assistant solution jointly developed by Cerence, VinFast is also working with VinBigData JSC under Vingroup on a Vietnamese voice assistant called ViVi, which can understand different Vietnamese dialects and will also be featured in VinFast’s fleet in the coming time.

VinFast EVs Are California Bound

The company's electric SUV lineup currently consists of the VF e34, VF e35, and the forthcoming VF e36, sized for the C, D, and E classes. The latter two are scheduled to spearhead the company's expansion into North America, starting in e-friendly California in mid-2022. The VF e35 is roughly the size of a Tesla Model Y, and like that benchmark vehicle, it gets a choice of one motor or two, each of which produces 201 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The driving range is an estimated 250 miles.

The larger seven-seater is said to be comparable in size to a Chevy Traverse, Hyundai Palisade, or Kia Telluride (though in both cases the VinFast SUVs' wheelbases are longer than the comparable vehicles'). Two motor power is standard (using the same motors), and a 106-kWh battery pack is said to provide 341 miles of WLTP range (probably 280-300 miles by the EPA's standards). The interior design aesthetic has been strongly influenced by Tesla's screen-centric minimalism.

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Back in 2018, Vietnamese car company VinFast revealed a sedan and SUV based on BMW platforms. The SUV was based on a BMW X5 while the sedan rode on 5 Series underpinnings, and both used a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 175 horsepower. Let's start with the largest of the three, the VF 33 (pictured below in grey). This model is around the same size as a Chevrolet Traverse or Kia Telluride, meaning it has the potential to sell well here in the US, especially with no other EVs in that size category.

Note: Features of VF e 35 and VF e 36 are designed features targeted at launch. 1 . Targeted safety levels. VF e 36 exterior. Strong VinFast front and rear end identity Signature lighting & all lines radiate from the V-logo. CONFIDENTIAL 21. Several optimize aerodynamics features, enabling better EV range. A unique combination of masculine and sleek, on-road EV characters.

Battery Leasing

VinFast's stated aim is to remove barriers (real or perceived) to EV ownership, and the brand believes that concern over long-term battery life is a major stumbling block for customers. So VinFast will offer a battery leasing scheme aimed at lowering the vehicle purchase price and eliminating the risk of a costly battery replacement (VinFast promises to replace any pack that falls below 70 percent of its original storage capacity). The exact terms and conditions have yet to be communicated.

All the cool EV companies are virtual, and VinFast will aim to arrange all test drives and purchases digitally with vehicles delivered to the customer. Service will likewise be performed either digitally (by way of over-the-air diagnosis and updates); via roadside assistance, or fully outfitted vans coming to service the vehicle at the client's home or business; or by transporting the vehicle to a service center.

VinFast anticipates 95 percent of service can be done remotely, with the remaining 5 percent of maintenance/repair operations requiring a chassis lift. VinFast even envisions an app-based approach to arranging the installation of its 11.5-kW wall charging unit, in which the customer uploads photos of the requested installation location, and these are used to provide quotes and book a contractor.

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What Could Go Wrong?

In watching Mr. Westbrook's presentation, we sensed a bit of potential hubris. We've grown this far, this fast, and hired or partnered with all the right experts—we are unstoppable! Today Vietnam, in 2022, the WORLD! We don't need to engage with the media, we'll just come and let our vehicles do the talking for us!

But, has VinFast done sufficient homework in its short life? We're unaware of a single photo of a camouflaged VinFast SUV having been snapped on our shores. Is the company doing its due diligence and testing its cars at extremely low temperatures in northern Minnesota? Is it hot-weather testing them in Arizona by towing loads up Davis Dam? If by some miracle VinFast manages to launch its e-SUVs in California in 2022, we might counsel our readers to resist the urge to be the first on your block to own one.

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