VinFast has presented five electric car models at the CES in Las Vegas. The electric cars are called VF 5, VF 6, VF 7, VF 8 and VF 9. But not all models are new, partly only the name has been changed.
The VF 8 and VF 9 are already partially known in this context: previously, the electric SUVs were called VF e35 and VF e36. The fact that the "e" disappears from the model name has a simple reason: at CES, VinFast also announced that it will cease production of the previous combustion models (partly based on BMW technology) at the end of 2022 - a distinction between electric and petrol will then no longer be necessary. It is also not the first renaming of the models: when VinFast first gave details of its e-SUVs in January 2021, the vehicles were still called VF31, VF32 and VF33.
The model logic is now quite simple: the VF 5 is the smallest model in the A segment, the VF 6 in the B segment and so on. The VF 9 is therefore the largest model in the E segment. The VF 8 and VF 9 were still presented under their old designation at the LA Auto Show in November, their rather conventional design is well known. The three smaller models, which will follow at a later date, have now been shown for the first time - and stand out with their much more extroverted design. VinFast offers a ten-year warranty or 200,000 kilometres on all five models.
The VF 8 is 4.75 meters long and has an electric all-wheel drive system with 300 kW of power. There are no details yet on the size of the battery, but the range is said to be 504 kilometers. The VF 9 is 5.12 meters long (wheelbase 3.15 meters) and uses the same 300 kW all-wheel drive system with two e-motors. Its battery is incomparably larger at 106 kWh (for a range of 550 kilometers).
Prices for the VF 8 and VF 9, both of which are due to be launched in Germany before the end of 2022, have now also been published, and VinFast is already taking pre-orders. In the basic "Eco" version, the VF 8 costs 43,900 euros (but here only with 260 kW output), while the "Plus" version costs 50,900 euros. Added to this is a monthly battery lease of 120 euros. The VF 9 "Eco" costs 58,600 euros here in Germany, while the "Plus" version is listed at 63,600 euros - plus 150 euros per month for battery leasing in the larger model.
VinFast CEO Le Thi Thu Thuy states that the vehicles can be offered at significantly lower prices thanks to battery leasing. The VF 8 in the D segment is to compete with the Tesla Model Y, for example, while the VF 9 in the E segment is to compete with the Model X. In addition, according to Thuy, financial security for customers is to increase: VinFast will replace a broken battery at its own expense - this also applies if the capacity falls below 70 percent of the new value.