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Electric vehicles get the spotlight at the Los Angeles Auto Show

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Battery-powered vehicles will get top billing at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens this week after a year-long hiatus due to the novel coronavirus.

Subaru, which has seen strong sales growth in the US during the past decade, will unveil its first all-electric vehicle, a small SUV called the Solterra.

Vinfast, a Vietnamese automaker that plans to start sales in the US next year, will show two all-electric SUVs.

Auto shows have dwindled in importance as auto companies have decided to avoid expenses and unveil vehicles at their own events. Automakers showcasing new vehicles are only planning 10 news conferences for the LA show this year, many from electric vehicle startups. In 2019, the show said it had 25 global disclosures from automakers.

But shows are still big attractions for customers in metro areas who want to see what’s new, all in one place.

Subaru’s Solterra, about the size of a Forester gas-powered SUV, can go up to about 220 miles (350 km) on a single charge, and has the brand’s trademark all-wheels for off-road and handling inclement weather. Will drive.

The automaker says Soltera’s lithium-ion battery can be charged with home alternating current chargers and also has the ability to handle DC fast charging on the road. Its electric motor gives the power of 215 horsepower.

Subaru says the five-passenger Solterra will go on sale sometime next year. Price was not released.

Vietnam’s Winfast is introducing the VF E35 midsize and VF E36 large electric SUVs at the show.

The automaker’s global chief executive Michael Lohschler said Winfast plans to begin taking orders in the spring and deliver vehicles in the US in the fall. Initially the SUV will be built at a new factory in Vietnam, but Winfast has plans to build a US factory that will start production in the second half of 2024. The company is currently looking at the sites.

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Lohschler said in an interview on Wednesday that the VF E35 will have a maximum range of 310 miles (499 kilometers) per charge, while the larger E36 will be able to travel up to 422 miles (679 kilometers) per charge.

He will not disclose the prices yet.

Winfast, with a US headquarters in Los Angeles, plans to sell the vehicles through its own network of stores, with most of the order processing done online. The company already has plans to open 60 stores in California alone. Lohshaler said it will also have some service centers and mobile service.

“We’ll come to your house and fix it for you,” he said.

Winfast is part of Vietnamese conglomerate Winggroup, which is providing capital to expand sales of electric vehicles in the US and eventually Europe, Loehshaler said. He said Winfast plans to conduct a US public stock offering over the next year or two to raise more funds.

He said the company is already selling cars with internal combustion engines and electric powertrains in Vietnam.

Promoters of the Los Angeles Auto Show say it will have more test-drive opportunities than previous shows, including an indoor electric vehicle test track as well as outdoor test drives.

Press days for the show are Wednesday and Thursday, and it opens to the public from November 19-28.

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