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Vietnam's Vinfast in deal with Siemens for technology to make electric buses

Vingroup's Nguyen Viet Quang speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the VinFast automobile plant in the Vietnamese city of Haiphong in September 2017. (Photo courtesy of Vingroup)

HANOI (Reuters) -- VinFast Trading and Production LLC has signed two contracts with Siemens Vietnam, a unit of Siemens AG, for the supply of technology and components to manufacture electric buses in the Southeast Asian country.

VinFast, a unit of Vietnam's biggest private conglomerate, Vingroup JSC, said on Monday the deals will enable it to launch the first electric bus by the end of 2019.

"Electric buses are an essential element of sustainable urban public transportation systems," Siemens Vietnam President and CEO Pham Thai Lai said in the statement.

VinFast will also produce electric motorcycles, electric cars and gasoline cars from its $1.5-billion factory being built in Haiphong City, it said.

In June, General Motors Co agreed to transfer its Vietnamese operation to VinFast, which will also exclusively distribute GM's Chevrolet cars in Vietnam.

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