The first batch of 999 electric vehicles made by VinFast in Vietnam have been sent to the United States, ending a five-year effort to establish an auto manufacturing base in the Southeast Asian nation for markets in North America and Europe. According to the corporation, the first vehicles should be delivered to American clients by the end of December 2022.
Some of the VF8 electric SUVs being supplied, according to VinFast Chief Executive Le Thi Thu Thuy, will be sent to the American car-subscription service Autonomy, while the bulk will be delivered to retail customers who have placed orders for the vehicle. According to Thuy, VinFast should be able to send a second shipment of automobiles to the US in January 2023.
Autonomy has placed its largest corporate order to date, 2,500 electric vehicles, according to VinFast. According to VinFast, it has approximately 65,000 orders worldwide and anticipates selling 750,000 EVs yearly by 2026.
According to representatives of VinFast, the number 999 was picked for the initial batch of automobiles transported because it is auspicious in Vietnam. There isn’t a luckier number than 999, according to Thuy.
In North Carolina, VinFast is constructing an electric car manufacturing facility while awaiting final regulatory certification from local authorities. Thuy stated that the business anticipates beginning production at the North Carolina facility in July 2024 and that electric vehicles produced there will be eligible for subsidies under the rules of the Joe Biden-signed Inflation Reduction Act.
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