HANOI, VIETNAM – Media OutReach – 7 February 2021 – The California Vehicle Administration (DMV California, USA) has declared that on all public streets of California, USA, VinFast (a division of Vingroup) has officially obtained the Autonomous Test Vehicle Permit.
Electric vehicles with autonomous technology features are expected to carry out processes and be given an Autonomous Test Vehicle Permit (ATVP) by the California Vehicle Administration before being sold in the U.S. market, as is customary in the U.S. The 57th approved company is VinFast—a Vietnamese company. There are also several leading automotive and technology companies on the list, including Apple, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, etc.
California has been selected as a center of new technology to perform EV model research. In addition, Silicon Valley, one of the world’s richest cities, recognized as a global center of technological innovation, is in California.
VinFast has taken a move to realize the strategy of taking Vietnamese-branded smart electric cars to this most challenging market with the development of the R&D Institute in the US and licensed to test vehicles here.
On January 26th of 2021, VinFast officially announced that it has successfully researched and developed the first three electric smart cars: VF31, VF32, VF33, of which VF31 is a medium-sized SUV (segment C), VF32 is a midsize SUV (D segment), VF33 is a large SUV (segment E). All 3 models have level 2-3 autonomous features, with 30 smart features divided into 7 groups including: intelligent steering assist system, adapted lane control system, active journey control system, multi-point collision warning system, comprehensive collision mitigation system, intelligent automated parking system and driver monitoring system.
In particular, 2 models of VF32 and VF33 electric versions will be sold in the US, Canada and Europe markets from 2022. The launch of high-tech electric vehicles, including electric scooters, electric buses and personal electric cars, is part of VinFast’s pre-defined roadmap since entering the automotive market 3 years ago.
In Vietnam, Vietnamese automakers also started to install electric vehicle charging stations at commercial centers at Vinhomes Ocean Park, Vincom Long Bien (Hanoi) … to serve the first electric cars produced, expected to be sold in 2021 in Vietnam market.