And a novel battery subscription service will join the crossover.
With so many car companies emerging from so many different countries, it can be difficult to keep track of them all, but one company from Vietnam is grabbing attention by doing things differently with a battery rental service. We'll get to that in a second, but first, some history. VinFast is the company in question, and it was the first to bring Vietnamese cars to the Paris Motor Show. Thereafter, the company revealed its latest SUV in September last year, but when are these Vietnamese cars coming to America? Well, the first won't be coming here but is on its way to some markets, and it's quite an affordable little crossover called the VF e34.
So what can buyers expect? Well, it's certainly no Tesla Model Y rival; it produces only 147 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. However, with only 3,285 pounds to carry around, it's not too heavy. Power goes to the front wheels and the battery is a 42-kWh unit with a claimed range of around 186 miles. On a fast charger, the company says that just 15 minutes of charging will give drivers a range of over 110 miles. VinFast also says that, because the crossover is so well made, it has no problem providing a warranty for the first 10 years of ownership. Available colors include Neptune Grey, Mystique Red, Jet Black, Deep Ocean, De Sat Silver, Cormorant Brown, Brahminy White, and Aurora Blue.
As for that battery rental service, customers pay a monthly subscription of $62. This allows buyers to trade the old battery in for a new one when it reaches 70 percent battery health, ensuring the life of the vehicle. But while VinFast has worked on a way to make EV commuting easier to live with, it hasn't forgotten the regular enhancements that most modern cars offer and will launch the e34 with features like remote diagnostics and customer support, a charging station locator, and "the most advanced safety features." Pricing for the car is VND 590 million, or $26,496 and includes one year of free battery subscription. While the e34 isn't coming stateside, Vietnamese dealers will receive their inventory in November. Americans can look forward to larger models dubbed the e35 and e36, which are earmarked for the North American market.