VinFast Enters Strategic Partnership With EDF Group To Enhance On Electric Mobility Offerings

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The signing ceremony was held after VinFast confirmed its participation in the Los Angeles Auto Show where it unveiled its 100 percent electric SUVs VF e35 for the D segment, and VF e36 for the E segment, which are expected to launch in global markets in early 2022.

VinFast, the Vietnamese-based car manufacturer and a member of Vingroup, announces the signing by its French subsidiary, VinFast France, of a cooperation agreement Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EDF group. With this agreement, the two groups are launching joint discussions around electric mobility offers, including the installation and operation of charging infrastructure for their customers who own electric vehicles, whether private or professional, as well as in VinFast showrooms in France. The agreement also covers work relating to specific offers such as the roaming charging pass and the electricity supply to Vinfast and the EDF group customers.

The signing took place on 4 November 2021 with Électricité de France S.A. (EDF), a French multinational electric utility company that is leading the field of electro-mobility in France and internationally, in the presence of the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, on his return from COP26.

The signing ceremony was held after VinFast confirmed its participation in the Los Angeles Auto Show (19 – 28 Nov 2021), where the manufacturer unveiled its 100 percent electric SUVs VF e35 for the D segment, and VF e36 for the E segment, which are expected to launch in global markets in early 2022.

Ms. Bich Tran, CEO of VinFast Europe said, “Our goal is to offer high-end electric vehicles with a high level of quality, durability, and safety through extensive investments and market research. Today, thanks to this agreement with EDF, we will ensure that we can provide the most demanding customers with optimal support and dedicated services. At the same time, this alliance highlights the accuracy of VinFast’s positioning and the recognition of our expertise by the EDF Group. It also confirms our commitment to the global transition to smart electric mobility.”

Olivier Dubois, Director of the Electric Mobility Department, EDF, specifies, “We are convinced that electric mobility involves the mobilisation of an entire ecosystem, an ecosystem that is now joined by VinFast. For EDF, being alongside VinFast is a strong sign that encourages the sustained deployment of low-carbon mobility in France and Europe for everyone. The work that is being undertaken between the two partners will make it possible to meet the expectations of our customers by sending them charging offers and associated services in line with their needs.”

VinFast’s Battery Strategy For Electric Vehicles

In August this year, VinFast announced a collaboration with Israeli StoreDot, a company well-known for its extremely fast charging technology that allows the battery to charge to 80 percent capacity in only 4-5 minutes.

The manufacturer also went into a strategic partnership with Taiwanese ProLogium (PLG), a research and producer of fully solid-state batteries. Solid-state batteries’ advantages include extremely rare possibilities for fire or explosion, a wide range of operating temperatures, and three times higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries. The 100 percent solid-state battery is considered the technology of the future, a catalyst for the EV revolution.

VinFast has also partnered with Gotion High-Tech, a major company in battery development and manufacture in China and across the world. It is well-known for LFP battery technology that can be produced at a low cost; suitable for mid-range electric cars and has the potential to scale green transportation across the world.

These three pillars will help VinFast achieve self-sufficiency in EV battery supply and the highest quality of batteries in use.

SUV VF e35 for the D segment. Photo credit: VinFast
SUV VF e36 for the E segment. Photo credit: VinFast.

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