The electric vehicles industry is offering new players chances to challenge the legacy automakers and it seems that they are grabbing this opportunity with both hands.
VinFast VF8 will be the first-ever EV coming out of Vietnam. Founded in 2017, VinFast has come a long way having recently received $1.2 Billion in incentives from the State of North Carolina to set up its manufacturing plant in the U.S. With the planned annual capacity of 150,000 EVs, the 2,000-acre unit at the Triangle Innovation point in Chatham County, will commence production in 2024.
At the moment, the VinFast products are being made in Vietnam. On July 14, 2022, VinFast opened 6 stores in California to begin selling their EVs. The VF8 will be the first mid-size SUV to be delivered followed by the bigger 7-seat full-size VF9 at a later stage.
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VinFast VF8 EV Specs
The VinFast VF8 comes with a dual-motor AWD system in two variants – Eco and Plus. It will be interesting to see which version(s) makes it to the U.S. market. It comes with 19-inch alloys and ventilated disc brakes at the front and rear.
|Battery (usable)||87.7 kWh|
|Power||348 hp & 402 hp|
|Torque||368 lb-ft (500 Nm) & 457 lb-ft (620 Nm)|
|Range||292 miles (470 km)|
|DC Fast Charging (10-70%)||31 mins|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||< 5.5 secs|
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VinFast VF8 EV Dimensions
The VinFast VF8 is classified as a mid-size electric SUV and its dimensions are as follows:
|Length||187 in (4,750 mm)|
|Width||74.8 in (1,900 mm)|
|Height||65.4 in (1,661 mm)|
|Wheelbase||116.1 in (2,949 mm)|
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Interior & Features
The inside of the VF8 feels quite premium with Leather Upholstery, a massive 15.6-inch Infotainment Display, Head Up Display, Connected Car Tech Features, WiFi Connectivity, Wireless Charging, 10-Speaker Premium Audio System, Navigation, Virtual Assistant, 360 Surround View Monitor, 12-Way Adjustable Powered Driver and 10-Way Adjustable Powered Passenger Seat, Heated & Ventilated Front Seat, Memory Function for the Driver Seat, Heated Steering Wheel with Memory, and more.
In terms of safety, the VF8 comes equipped with ADAS Functions like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Assist, Lane Center Control, Traffic Sign Recognistion, Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Advanced Automatic Emergency Braking, Remote Parking, 11 Airbags and more. What are your thoughts on the VinFast VF8 as the first EV from Vietnam?