VinFast Sets Kickoff Date For North Carolina Factory

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

vinfast sets kickoff date for north carolina factory

With all the odd press it’s gotten over the last year, it’s easy to assume VinFast is looking to roll up the carpet and head back home. That’s not what’s happening, however, as the automaker recently announced a groundbreaking date for its new manufacturing facility in North Carolina.

The Vietnamese automaker builds its vehicles on its home turf, but the North Carolina plant will give it a North American manufacturing presence starting in 2025. The original plan was to break ground in late 2022 and start production in 2024, but a series of delays and missteps have pushed the date back.

VinFast set July 28 as the kickoff date for its factory, and the company received a sweet incentive package from North Carolina to do so. The state awarded the company $1.2 billion for its efforts, the largest in North Carolina history. VinFast said the campus will eventually sprawl across 1,800 acres and produce 150,000 vehicles annually. 

Though it only sells EVs in California for now, VinFast said it plans to continue its expansion in the coming years. The company’s first EV, the VF 8, began hitting customers’ driveways earlier this year, and there are three other models listed as coming soon on its website. The smaller VF 6 and VF  7 share some styling elements with the VF 8 but will likely be less expensive with shorter ranges. The seven-passenger VF 9 has an $83,000 starting price and is available for reservations now.

[Image: VinFast]

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  • Johnny ringo Johnny ringo on Jul 19, 2023

    After reading road tests of some of Vinfast's vehicles, I will not be buying one any time soon. Judging by how harsh the critics were of their vehicles, they will need a lot of work to make them competitive in the U.S. market. I'll pass.

  • RHD RHD on Jul 19, 2023

    I wonder if the American factory will have the same 'incentives', 'free housing' and 'meals' that are provided in the Asian factories.

  • Mike Beranek Mike Beranek on Jul 19, 2023

    VinFast will do to NoCar what FoxxCon did to Wisco.

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jul 19, 2023

    I checked, and indeed, the $1.2 billion was mostly grants - gifts - from a variety of sources, most of which are public funds. Usually these 'incentives' take the form of tax breaks instead.

    So communist Vietnam got its first US car plant ahead of communist China, and the red Republicans in North Carolina are helping to pay for it.

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    • SPPPP SPPPP on Jul 20, 2023

      I give them credit for making a real, moving car. It even looks pretty decent to my eyes. But I would certainly be leery of buying one ... and that's even with the high-end price. Making a reliable, durable consumer good out of that is going to be hard. It wasn't easy for Tesla ... they started really small, and it took them a while, and a pile of cash, to get where they are.