Vairano, Italy, June 22nd, 2023
VinFast, the global smart electric vehicle brand from Vietnam, is again partnering with AUTOBEST to organize the “ECOBEST Challenge 2023 – Electrified by VinFast” for the third time. The event will occur between June 27th and 29th, 2023, in Vairano, Italy.
The “ECOBEST Challenge 2023 – Electrified by VinFast” results from the strategic collaboration agreement between VinFast and AUTOBEST, lasting since 2021. Notably, the 2023 edition marks the first time the ECOBEST Challenge received Bureau Veritas certification - a global recognition of the genuine, comprehensive, and innovative methodology employed in testing electric vehicles (EVs) in actual traffic conditions and assessing their real-life green credentials in an unbiased manner.
The ECOBEST Challenge, organized annually by AUTOBEST as a business community activity, is the world’s first real-traffic electric vehicle test. The event aims to provide transparent information about electric vehicle models and raise public awareness about the benefits of transitioning to environmentally friendly green-powered vehicles. This year, Quattroruote, the Italian car bible, is supporting the event as a technical partner for the second time.
The esteemed AUTOBEST jury comprises 31 members from 31 European countries. In addition, key international media members are invited to test-drive the vehicles across various roads, motorways, and urban settings in Quattroruote, Vairano. This guarantees that outcomes are supported by unparalleled transparency and unwavering reliability.
The vehicle models for the test drive have a minimum homologated range of 200 kilometers and are priced up to €70.000 before taxes. Testing will occur on diverse terrain and traffic conditions to ensure the most accurate and realistic test results. In terms of terrain, the cars will be tested on a mixed route encompassing motorways, national and regional roads, and urban roads. As for testing vehicle operations, every model will be driven until battery depletion, under normal conditions on roads and motorways, and in Eco mode while running in the city.
All test drivers will be encouraged to apply their typical real-life driving styles and to try all the onboard technologies, such as the air-conditioner, sound systems, navigation systems, and other connected technologies. Drivers will rotate cars every 25 kilometers to prevent driving style bias.
“We are very proud to partner for the third time with VinFast, the fast-growing EV brand of Vietnam. We share the same values in encouraging the people of Europe and the world to go for sustainable transportation. The latest developments in the European markets clearly show that EV is becoming a key trend in Europe, with more and more people considering the purchase of it. The “ECOBEST Challenge - Electrified by VinFast” challenge delivers real information on the range a customer can expect, how big the battery reserve is worth, the energy efficiency, and more. As now is proven by the Certificate issued by Bureau Veritas, the entire driving method is consistent with the randomized ‘human factor’ defined by AUTOBEST and based on the diversity of members coming from all around Europe,” said Mr. Dan Vardie, the Founder & Chairman of AUTOBEST and the creator of ECOBEST Challenge.
Ms. Nguyen Thanh Thuy, CEO of VinFast Europe, shared: “VinFast and AUTOBEST are proud to continue accompanying European consumers on their journey towards the future of mobility. As such, VinFast is actively contributing to the collaborative efforts of AUTOBEST and the distinguished European jury in jointly organizing a rigorous test with strict criteria and an objective evaluation process for EVs. This initiative affirms VinFast's commitment to quality and green initiatives for consumers across the European market.”
The results of the measurements and the ECOBEST Challenge 2023 indexes will be announced in an online press conference following the event.
The AUTOBEST organization was created in 2001 with the revolutionary concept of finding the ‘Best Buy Car’ available on the European market. For a car to become an AUTOBEST winner, it must represent the best offer for most European customers. Price, service network, spare parts distribution, and versatility are the most important criteria in the voting process. Design and new technologies are also becoming more critical factors for voting. AUTOBEST uses a transparent voting system with a complex matrix of 13 criteria to decide the winner.
AUTOBEST organizes the “ECOBEST Challenge - Electrified by VinFast” - the first fully electric car real traffic range test, with the contribution of coches.net and Circutor.
VinFast - a member of Vingroup – envisioned to drive the movement of the global smart electric vehicle revolution. Established in 2017, VinFast owns a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing complex with globally leading scalability that boasts up to 90% automation in Hai Phong, Vietnam.
Strongly committed to the mission for a sustainable future for everyone, VinFast constantly innovates to bring high-quality products, advanced smart services, seamless customer experiences, and pricing strategy for all to inspire global customers to jointly create a future of smart mobility and a sustainable planet. Learn more at: https://vinfastauto.com.
Established in 1993, Vingroup is one of the leading private conglomerates in the region. Vingroup currently focuses on three main areas: Technology and Industry, Services and Social Enterprise. Find out more at: https://www.vingroup.net/en