VinFast receives $1.2B in incentives from North Carolina to build US plant, the largest economic package in state history

Earlier today, before its simultaneous opening of six stores in California, VinFast announced it has received a massive incentives package to build its EV manufacturing facility in North Carolina. $1.2 billion (with a “b”) to be exact – the largest incentive package in the history of The Old North State.

You already got the full spiel about VinFast’s background this morning, including the lightning-fast speed the nascent EV automaker is moving as it enters both North American and European markets simultaneously.

That process officially began this afternoon when VinFast opened its first six stores in the US, all in California. The event was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Santa Monica, California, that was simulcasted to the rest of the locations that participated in their own local opening ceremonies.

VinFast has at least 30 stores planned for California alone before expanding to other areas of the US to promote reservations of its first two EVs – the VF 8 and VF 9. These initial models will be built overseas in Vietnam to start, but manufacturing will eventually make its way to North Carolina.

VinFast initially shared news of its decision to make NC its manufacturing hub in the US this past March. Following today’s news, we’ve learned the automaker has the full support of the state, which has opened up its incentives wallet and pulled out a fat wad totaling $1.2 billion.

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The VF 8 and VF 9 on display during VinFast’s first store opening ceremony in Santa Monica / Credit: Scooter Doll

VinFast secures largest incentives package in North Carolina

According to VinFast’s press release, the ink has dried on the incentive package signed by North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper this week. In addition to being the largest economic incentive package in state history, Vinfast will officially become the first automaker to build vehicles in North Carolina.

It will be soon joined by Toyota, which announced plans for a $1.3-billion battery plant to support its minimalist approach to BEVs. VinFast, on the other hand, is all in on EVs and its new US facilities will require a total investment of $2 billion just for phase one.

When complete, VinFast’s factory is expected to reach a production capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year. Van Anh Nguyen, CEO of VinFast Manufacturing US, spoke of the incentives:

VinFast applauds North Carolina for their efforts and determination in advancing the state’s clean energy economy and carbon mitigation goals. This investment by the State of North Carolina is the starting point for a future marked by innovation, job creation, and economic growth. Today exemplifies how government and industry can come together to pursue a brighter future.

If it weren’t obvious already, VinFast will not be receiving a lump sum from the state of North Carolina. Here’s how the $1.2 billion will be broken out:

  • Job Development Investment Grant of $316 million spread out over 32 years
  • State appropriation of $450 million to cover site preparations, road improvements, and additional water and sewer infrastructure
  • Community college training worth $38 million
  • Golden Leaf Foundation grant of $50 million
  • $400 million in incentives from Chatham County, NC

VinFast shared that it has also received hundreds of millions of additional incentives from commercial organizations in North Carolina that are not part of the government budget.

Phase one of the project will begin construction later this year 2022 and EV production is expected to start in July 2024.

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