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 offered in Vietnam, the place VinFast’s mum or dad conglomerate relies. The corporate solely launched in 2017 and has significantly much less expertise creating EVs than lots of its main opponents, like Tesla and legacy automakers Ford, Chevrolet, and Hyundai. Dependable automotive evaluation sources like Kelley Blue E book, Motor Development, and Edmunds have but to discipline take a look at the VF 9.
Nevertheless, if the brand new EV is just like VinFast’s earlier EV — the VF 8 — then its battery vary might not be sufficient to justify buying it. Earlier this 12 months, 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 methods. Different issues included drive help options that have been extra annoying than useful, an unimaginative exterior design and unattractive inside, and a problematic UI that relied closely on contact controls. Maybe probably the most regarding drawback was a scarcity 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 consumers with its prolonged vary and different options. “VinFast all the time strives to carry high-quality merchandise, cheap costs, and excellent aftersales companies to our shoppers globally,” says Le Thi Thu Thuy, World CEO of VinFast. “The VF 9’s 330-mile battery vary is among the many finest in the marketplace, confirming our efforts and dedication to supply aggressive autos.”