Startups are paving the way for the post-gas age all over the world, and the Vietnam-based manufacturer VinFast will soon compete in the American EV market with its VinFast VF 8 Plus Extended Range two-row, five-seater SUV. The three-row VF9, which was examined separately, will join it, and the corporation claims that both models will be put together in a 2000-acre factory in North Carolina that is still under construction. Although price and complete specifications are not yet available. The VF8 is supposed to be about the size of a Ford Bronco, and we have already sampled a 348-horsepower Eco prototype. We also briefly drove a higher-output Pro prototype with a 402-hp power plant.
According to VinFast, the VF8 will be available in the US with two battery pack configurations, two different maximum driving ranges (ranging from 179 to 260 miles (ca. 418 km)), and basic all-wheel drive.
The initial batch of VF8 SUVs will be produced and imported from Vietnam as we wait for VinFast’s 2000-acre stretch of land to blossom into an EV-assembling city. According to VinFast, localizing production to the US will begin around 2024.
The 2024 VinFast VF 8 starts at a price of $42,200, but that doesn’t include the cost of the monthly battery subscription. The City Edition Eco and City Version Plus variants, which are less expensive but have a smaller battery pack with a shorter range, will make up the first batch of 999 VF8s.
The VinFast VF 8 is anticipated to go on sale in the latter half of 2024. Around the same time as the larger VF 9, it will be released.
The VF8 will resemble a Ford Bronco in size and have two rows and five seats. This places it with other EVs like the BMW iX and Tesla Model X in the electric mid-size crossover and SUV class. The Pininfarina design team was in charge of the VF8. The instrumentation is centered on a main screen and head-up display, much like a Tesla. Despite having a rather classic design and using a lot of plastic, a sizable sunroof brightens the interior. If the VF8’s rear hatch area is fully loaded, there is also a frunk for additional cargo room.
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The VinFast VF 8’s cargo capacity was unknown at the time this article was written. The VF 8 still features a small frunk underneath the hood, despite being initially built to fit a gas engine.
Every VF8 has a two-motor, all-wheel-drive electric drivetrain. At a minimum, the base model must have 348 horsepower and 369 pound (ca. 167 kilogram)-feet of torque. The zippier Plus model produces 457 pound (ca. 207 kilogram)-feet of torque and 402 horsepower. These figures are based on prototypes that we very briefly drove when we visited the VinFast headquarters in Vietnam. But official information and test results from vehicles that will be sold in the United States are soon to be released.
The VF8’s City Edition Eco trim will have a battery with adequate energy for an estimated 207 miles (ca. 333 kilometers) of driving range, however, the City Edition Plus would only go 179 miles (ca. 288 kilometers) on a single charge. Longer driving ranges of 260 and 248 miles (ca. 399 kilometers) will be possible with the Eco and Plus trims, respectively.
The size and power of the battery have not yet been disclosed, but VinFast claims that its Eco battery can DC fast-charge from 10 to 70% in just 26 minutes.
An accepted wall plug or a charging station can be used for charging. A charging station is always used for open charging. The maximum charging capacity of the EV and the charging station (EVSE) being utilized determine how quickly the EV can charge.
Longer excursions are made achievable by rapid charging because it adds the maximum range in the shortest period of time. Charging power will significantly decrease once the battery has reached 80% state-of-charge. Therefore, a normal quick charge unusually goes over 80% SoC. The charger being used and the maximum amount of charging power an EV can manage determine the rapid charge rate of the EV.
Similar to the Tesla Model Y, a sizable 15.6-inch dashboard-mounted touchscreen functions as both an infotainment touchscreen and a digital gauge display. Critical information is also projected onto the windshield in front of the driver by a head-up display, so individuals who dislike the thought of looking to the right to check the speed will be able to have that information available straight ahead. Users may interact with the system without touching the display thanks to a voice assistant. To pass the time while charging, other features include built-in video games and an integrated e-commerce service.
You, your passengers, and other motorists are all kept safe thanks to ADAS. Highway driving assistance, auto lane-changing assistance, onramp and off-ramp assistance, cruise assistance, collision warning, completely automated parking assistance, and remote parking, are just a few of the numerous safety features available.
A full suite of driver assistance systems, including some comforts like auto-on high-beam headlamps and traffic-sign recognition, are included with all VF8 models.
VinFast claims to offer a generous 10-year/125,000-mile guarantee, which should allay concerns about taking the chance of purchasing an electric SUV from an unproven manufacturer. Only the Genesis GV60’s 10-year, 100,000-mile guarantee policy comes close to matching VinFast’s warranty commitment.