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VinFast debuts two new EVs at LA Auto Show

VinFast will soon launch in the United States.

VinFast

The automotive business is a tough place to cut your teeth as a company. So many have tried and failed to break through with new vehicles, both in the U.S. and elsewhere. Electric vehicles seem to present a perfect opportunity for companies of all types to jump in with a new product. Such is the case with VinFast, a Vietnamese automaker. The company launched two new crossovers at the LA Auto Show yesterday, both of which are heading to the United States.

VinFast EVs Two models will debut at first, but the company plans on expanding here.VinFast

The VinFast VF e35 features up to 301 miles of range on a charge, while the full-size three-row VF e36 can travel up to 422 miles on a charge. Both vehicles come with a ten-year/100,000-mile warranty. VinFast says that its launch strategy in the United States wraps in charging stations, as the company realizes that they are a necessary part of EV adoption. In Vietnam, VinFast is in the process of building 40,000 charging stations to bolster adoption.

VinFast EVs VinFast will eventually build a factory in the United States.VinFast

Here, the automaker will build dozens of company-branded stores to sell its vehicles, similar to the approach taken by Tesla. VinFast's plan is to position itself as an exclusive product in the EV space, and to help it expand in the U.S., the company plans to build a factory in 2024. Part of its launch will also involve several special events across the country to introduce the brand and its vehicles.

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The Ioniq 5 can return over 300 miles of range.

Hyundai

Hyundai's EV lineup is growing, and its first Ioniq-branded vehicle is almost here. The Ioniq 5 is a compact EV with sharp, pixelated styling, exciting functionality, and the longest wheelbase in Hyundai's U.S. product line. Today, the automaker announced EPA range estimates for the Ioniq 5, which are strong enough to make the EV a heavy hitter.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Owners will get two years of free charging. Hyundai

The single-motor rear-drive Ioniq 5 can return up to 303 miles on a charge. It features 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The dual-motor all-wheel drive version can travel 256 miles per charge, but it delivers much more power and better acceleration. The dual-motor vehicle offers 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque for a 0-60 mph time of less than five seconds.

The Ioniq 5's EPA ratings come as the EV is being handed to journalists in the United States for the first time. The 303-mile estimate is solid, but it's the car's quick charging abilities that should get everyone excited. Using the proper charging tech, the vehicle can recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. It can also act as a small generator to power computers, power tools, or recharge mobile devices, making it an ideal camping vehicle.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 The new EV is due out soon.Hyundai

Hyundai hasn't elaborated on price yet, but we know that the automaker is giving away free charging to buyers of the Ioniq 5. The automaker has partnered with Electrify America to provide 250 kWh DC fast charging at over 700 stations nationwide. Owners have unlimited 30-minute charging sessions for two years from the purchase date of their new vehicle. Hyundai Kona Electric owners are also included in the deal, which will become even more valuable over time, as Electrify America will expand with more fast chargers and charging stations soon.

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Nissan shows off new concepts and plans for future EVs

Nissan showed off a group of funky concept vehicles at the announcement.

Nissan

Nissan is approaching the release of Ariya, its brand-new EV, but there are plans for much more in the automaker’s near future. Today, the Japanese company announced Nissan Ambition 2030, its plan to develop electrified vehicles and become a more sustainable company. Beyond new vehicles, the roadmap includes investments in battery recycling and charging infrastructure, new battery tech, and more widespread safety technologies.

Nissan Ambition 2030 The automaker plans for 50 percent electrification by 2030.Nissan

Nissan’s plans include 23 new electrified models by 2030. The target covers 15 new EVs and a target of 50 percent electrification. The automaker says it plans to launch a proprietary solid-state battery by 2028, and notes that it will develop a pilot production facility in Yokohama, Japan by 2024. Solid state technologies are not yet commercially viable but will offer faster charging times and better energy densities than lithium ion battery packs.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept Surf-Out is a concept truck with super funky styling.Nissan

While the focus was on the news of its electrification plans, Nissan’s concept vehicles stole the show. The Surf-Out concept truck features a long, low cargo surface and unique all-terrain tires. Typical of concept cars, the Surf-Out’s styling and design are over-the-top. The cabin is surrounded on three sides by glass and open to the bed in the rear. Instead of a grille, there’s a glass panel with an illuminated Nissan logo. It's unlikely Surf-Out or the other concepts shown will make it to production unchanged, but they show that the automaker is looking to explore bold designs with its electrified vehicles.

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