One motive to be skeptical in regards to the VF 9 is that the automotive hasn’t been pushed a lot on North American roads but. To this point, it is solely been bought in Vietnam, the place VinFast’s dad or mum conglomerate relies. The corporate solely launched in 2017 and has significantly much less expertise creating EVs than a lot of its main opponents, like Tesla and legacy automakers Ford, Chevrolet, and Hyundai. Dependable automotive evaluation sources like Kelley Blue Ebook, Motor Pattern, and Edmunds have but to subject take a look at the VF 9.
Nonetheless, if the brand new EV is much like VinFast’s earlier EV — the VF 8 — then its battery vary will not be sufficient to justify buying it. Earlier this yr, SlashGear was in a position to take a look at the VF 8 Metropolis Version Plus on city streets, highways, and backroads — and the reviewer didn’t come away all that impressed. Whereas not precisely a lemon, Slashgear discovered points with the VF 8’s rear visibility and reported potential points with its suspension, drivetrain, and electrical programs. Different issues included drive help options that had been extra annoying than useful, an unimaginative exterior design and unattractive inside, and a problematic UI that relied closely on contact controls. Maybe essentially the most regarding drawback was an absence of throttle response from the VF 8’s fuel pedal.
Regardless of a combined response to the VF 8, VinFast is assured the VF 9 can appeal to patrons with its prolonged vary and different options. “VinFast at all times strives to deliver high-quality merchandise, cheap costs, and excellent aftersales providers to our customers globally,” says Le Thi Thu Thuy, International CEO of VinFast. “The VF 9’s 330-mile battery vary is among the many greatest in the marketplace, confirming our efforts and dedication to supply aggressive automobiles.”