VinFast, the automotive arm of Vingroup, on last Saturday delivered the first batch of 100 VF 8 all-electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to local customers.

In a statement, VinFast said it plans to export the next batch of approximately 5,000 VF 8s headed to the United States, Canada, and Europe from November.

The first international customers are expected to receive their vehicles as early as December 2022.

“We are extremely happy to deliver the first batch of VF 8 all-electric vehicles to our pioneering customers in Vietnam. And very soon, the enthusiasm will be realized by more than 65,000 pioneering customers world wide,” said Le Thi Thu Thuy, Vice Chairwoman of Vingroup and Global Chief Executive Officer of VinFast.

The VinFast VF 8 is an electric SUV made for global markets with a 5-seat configuration and overall dimensions of 187.00” (length) x 76.14” (width) x 65.63” (height).

The VF 8 is equipped with ADAS, a series of advanced automated driving features that includes highway assist, automated lane changing assist, smart parking assist, smart summon mode, and remote parking assist.

In addition, the VF 8 is equipped with the “smart services” package, along with features for controlling and interacting with the vehicle through voice, remote vehicle control which can be accessed via the VinFast app.

The package also includes other impressive high- quality user experiences, such as online shopping, and video games that synchronize with phone.

The VinFast VF 8 has two versions – Eco and Plus. The VF 8 Eco version is equipped with a 260 kW-maximum-power electric motor reaching a maximum torque of 500Nm (approximately 369 ft-lbs) that sustains a range of up to 260 miles after each full charge (WLTP).

The VF 8 Plus version is equipped with a 300 kW-maximum-power electric motor reaching a maximum torque of 620Nm (approximately 457 ft-lbs) with a range of up to 248 miles per each full charge (WLTP).

A significant advantage of electric motors versus internal combustion engines is the ability to instantly achieve maximum torque, which helps VinFast VF 8 accelerate impressively, operate smoothly, and provide an outstanding driving feeling.

VinFast – a member of Vingroup – envisioned to drive the movement of global smart electric vehicle revolution. Established in 2017, the firm owns a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing complex with globally leading scalability that boasts up to 90 percent automation in Hai Phong, Vietnam.

Strongly committed to the mission for a sustainable future for everyone, VinFast constantly innovates to bring high-quality products, advanced smart services, seamless customer experiences, and pricing strategy for all to inspire global customers to jointly create a future of smart mobility and a sustainable planet.

Established in 1993, Vingroup is one of the leading private conglomerates in the region, with a total capitalization of $35 billion from three publicly traded companies.

The firm currently focuses on three main areas: technology and industry, services and social enterprise.

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