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VinFast to Launch New Electronic Scooter Called 'Klara' This Month

VinFast will start selling its new motorcycle model from November 20.

During the opening ceremony of its Hai Phong manufacturing plant on November 3, Vingroup's automotive branch VinFast announced the launch of its first-ever electronic motorcycle model, named Klara, Vietnam Investment Review reports. VinFast will offer the Klara in two versions: one that runs on a lithium-ion battery, and one that runs on a conventional lead-acid battery.

In the first phase of its production, VinFast will release 250,000 units per year. In these first batches, the lithium-ion version whille be priced at VND35 million (US$1,508), while the lead-acid version costs VND21 million (US$905). In the second phase, the automotive brand promises 500,000 units per year, with an increase in the price tag: VND39.9 million (US$1,719) for the lithium-ion Klara and VND25 million (US$1,077) for the lead-acid battery version.

The 95-kilogram VinFast Klara can travel 80 kilometers with each full charge. The motorcycle's maximum speed is 50 kilometers per hour.

Branded as a "smart eScooter," the VinFast Klara boasts 3G and GPS integration and smartphone connectivity, allowing users to control their travel information and find charging stations using phone-based commands.

The conglomerate-backed manufacturer also signed a partnership with Petro Vietnam Oil to build a network of 30,000 to 50,000 charging stations and battery rental stops in parking lots, VinMart stores, garages, school entrances and dormitories by the end of 2020.

VinFast also said that it will launch seven new electronic scooter models by 2019 which will target different markets within the middle- to upper-class urban dweller demographic. 

[Photos via Vinfast]

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