Automaker Infant EV VinFast and US charging network Electrify America (EA) announced a new charging deal at this year’s New York International Auto Show. As part of the collaboration, U.S. Vinfast owners will have access to all of EA’s 3,500 electric vehicle chargers through the VinFast mobile app. However, their free charging sessions will be limited to two – a much smaller bonus compared to previous deals with other automakers.
VinFast is an automobile manufacturing subsidiary of VinGroup, a Vietnamese conglomerate that develops everything from real estate to hospitality and even healthcare. We got our first look at its first two electric vehicles – the VF e35 and VF e36 (now rebranded as the VF 8 and VF 9) – at the Los Angeles Auto Show last fall, following news that would enter the markets of North America and Europe. .
VinFast is currently working on opening its US headquarters in Los Angeles, alongside plans for manufacturing on US soil, in North Carolina to be more precise.
Although electric vehicle production isn’t scheduled to begin in North Carolina until 2024, U.S. customers should see deliveries of Vietnamese-made VinFast vehicles next winter. Following a recent agreement with Electrify America, these VinFast customers will be able to take advantage of certain free charging sessions and other discounts included with their EV purchase.
Two Electrify America charges are better than none for VinFast
After officially announcing its deal with Vinfast, Electrify America gave more details in a press release from New York. In addition to two free 60kWh charging sessions, Electrify America said VinFast owners will also be able to take advantage of a discounted subscription to its network.
We’ve asked EA for clarification on whether this means a discount on kWh when charging using the Free Pass subscription, or a discount on the $4 monthly fee for EA’s Pass+ subscription . We have not yet received a response.
In addition to free charging, EV owners will be able to more easily find any of EA’s 800 charging stations in the United States through their VinFast mobile app. This will enable Plug & Charge, where available, in which drivers can seamlessly plug in their VinFast EV and pay without having to remove a card.
Craig Westbrook, Director of Services for VinFast US, spoke about the deal with Electrify America:
With our premium, smart, and eco-friendly vehicles, our goal is to reduce range and charging anxiety and help the world transition to cleaner, more sustainable transportation. We are excited to work with Electrify America on this shared goal of future electric mobility.
This initial deal with VinFast is quite small compared to many of EA’s fifteen other charging deals with EV automakers. For example, US customers who purchase a 2022 BMW EV get free 30-minute charging sessions for two years. Kia EV6 buyers get 1,000 kWh of free charging, which equates to around 3,500 to 4,000 miles of range.
Nevertheless, Electrify America explained that this initial charging agreement is the start of a three-year program that will eventually include additional VinFast models and benefits for their owners.
During the announcement in New York, VinFast shared a similar sentiment, noting intentions for a comprehensive and far-reaching charging program to be rolled out over the coming weeks and months.
A VinFast representative has since confirmed that it is 100% intent on signing additional deals with other EV charging networks in addition to Electrify America, giving customers more options and convenience. additional benefits.
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