RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – VinFast is launching its latest model – an electric powered SUV called the VF9 – in its home country of Vietnam and says it has plans to ship models to the U.S. for sale in “coming months.”

After stories about delays in opening its U.S. factory to be built in Chatham County and the departures of some key executives, the electric vehicle manufacturer is focused on vehicles today.

According to a report from Reuters, the country announced the availability of the VF9 early Thursday.

Inside the VF9 (VinFast photo)

“After Vietnam, VinFast expects to export the first batch of VF9 to international markets in the coming months,” Reuters quoted VinFast as stating.

The VF9 is a big vehicle, with three rows of seats and two electric motors. It promises fast charging – to 70% from 10% in 35 minutes.

Prices start at $83,000.

According to its website, VinFast describes the VF9 as:

  • Power meets style: All-wheel-drive powertrain & two motors totaling 402 horsepower.​
  • Formidable presence: At 201.4 inches in length, the VF 9 is a powerful presence anywhere.
  • Panoramic glass roof 4: The VF 9 keeps you connected with tech and nature.
  • Aerodynamic function: With an aerodynamic form, VF9 offers considerable range in addition to its size

The VF9’s dash. (VinFast photo)

VinFast recently delivered some of its smaller VF8 models to the U.S.

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