To compete in the US market, Vietnamese electric car company VinFast will implement battery subscription plans. This system is claimed to benefit consumers considering they will get a lifetime warranty rather than replacing a damaged battery with expensive costs.
Reported by Autoblog, Thursday (14/4/2022), initially VinFast will build a factory in the state of North Carolina. However, before carrying out the expansion, VinFast will launch two new SUV models, namely VinFast 8 which has two rows of seats and VinFast 9 with three rows of seats.
The VinFast 8 SUV has a slightly sleek and sporty look, while the VinFast 9 has a boxy, broad-shouldered design. The VF 8, due to its smaller size, will be the most affordable of the two.
The VF 9 has the same basic trim and battery structure. Both trims also deliver the same 402 horsepower. The difference in range is likely due to the Plus model's additional features such as larger wheels, a panoramic sunroof and more.
One unusual aspect of VinFast is the battery subscription plans. So instead of the cost of the battery being included in the cost of the car, the consumer will pay a monthly fee for it.
VinFast asserts, the advantage of battery subscription plans is that the battery has a lifetime warranty. When the battery capacity drops below 70%, VinFast will replace it at no additional cost.