The company also just announced a partnership with the subscription service Autonomy.
Back in August, we covered a startup calling itself Autonomy. The brand pitches itself as a subscription service for EVs, and it's been renting customers Teslas for some time. Now, VinFast has entered the fold, and in greater numbers than before.
While debuting its VF6 and VF7 SUVs at the LA Auto Show, VinFast announced that Autonomy has ordered more than 2,500 VF8 and VF9 SUVs for its fleets. Originally, the startup planned to order roughly 400 VinFast vehicles and has now increased that amount to just north of 2,500 cars.
For VinFast, this is the first time its smaller VF6 and VF7 models have been on US shores. For many at the auto show, including ourselves, it will be our first chance to see the designs in person, both inside and out. We'll be interviewing VinFast later, so you can look for coverage of that as well.
For VinFast, the terms of its delivery agreement with Autonomy will be incredibly important. Over the next 12 months, it has to begin delivery of the promised units to the startup as well as begin exporting to international markets.
The brand's unique battery lease concept will be new for many consumers in the US, and the brand's reputation is unproven as it vies for market share amid a myriad of other new electric-only brands that have surfaced in recent years.
"We are excited to add VinFast to our subscription lineup and help raise U.S. consumers' interest and awareness of VinFast and their luxury electric vehicles through Autonomy's car subscription," said Scott Painter, Founder and CEO of Autonomy.
Le Thi Thu Thuy, Vice Chairwoman of Vingroup and Chairwoman of VinFast said: "This is an exciting moment for VinFast as our vehicles are about to enter the US market. The order from Autonomy is a testament to the trust we have built in the market. Bringing the VF 8 and VF 9 to Autonomy's EV subscription fleet will give consumers yet another way to experience our brand and discover the benefits of our premium smart EVs.
Autonomy subscriptions cover the cost of ownership - from maintenance to roadside assistance - through a single monthly payment, and both brands clearly hope that VinFast's inclusion will bring eyeballs to the brand. We'll have more information when we chat with VF personnel at the LA Auto Show later.