VinFast announced that the company is pushing back the start of operations for its first US plant to 2025.
Although they did not go into specifics, VinFast cited a procedural delay as the reason for the pushback. However, the company did not confirm the exact timeframe in which it plans to start operations in 2025.
Per Reuters, the VinFast North Carolina plant received its Air Permit from Chatham County authorities to start construction last month. However, VinFast is still awaiting a water quality and wetlands permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers, so this could be one of the procedural delays the company cited.
There is no indication the project is at risk, and by all indications, VinFast is still pushing ahead with the 1.4 billion dollar project. Once at peak production, the facility will produce 150,000 vehicles per year for the North American market.
Although this news could slow down expansion into North America, VinFast is already delivering vehicles into the market.
Last week, the first VinFast deliveries were completed in California, with 45 cars delivered. However, it is unclear when the next batch will make its way stateside.