Vietnamese Electric Car manufacturer VinFast is making strides in their move to expand into overseas markets, with their second batch of EVs set to be delivered to North America on April 4. 900 vehicles will go to California and another 900 will go to Canada. This follows the shipment of 999 VF 8 City Edition vehicles to California in late 2022, with 700 standard VF 8s to Europe planned for mid-June.
VinFast CEO Le Thi Thu Thuy told Bloomberg that the company expects to start delivering the standard version of the VF 8 to US customers in May and Canadians in early June. The Electric SUV has an estimated driving range of 293 miles (471km) and a price of $57,500 in Canada. The City Edition has a driving range of up to 207 miles (333km) at a lease price of $399 per month for 24 months.
So far, VinFast has only delivered 45 VF8 SUVs to customers in California, with the company originally planning for deliveries to begin at the end of 2022. However, the company is now making up for lost time with their aggressive expansion plans.
Despite the company’s efforts to expand, they have recently run into a few bumps in the road. In February, a VinFast Electric SUV caught fire in a showroom in Germany, though no one was injured. The cause of the fire is still unknown and the company is investigating.
VinFast’s expansion into overseas markets is an ambitious move and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the coming months. With their second batch of EVs set to be delivered in April, it is clear that the company is dedicated to becoming a major player in the global Electric Car market.