ADAC breakdown statistics / fewer breakdowns, but more battery problems

Munich (ots) - With the corona pandemic and the significantly lower volume of traffic, the ADAC Yellow Angels also had fewer breakdowns to fix. Road patrols and mobility partners were on the road around 3,4 million (2019: 3,8 million) times in 2020. According to ADAC breakdown statistics, battery breakdowns have increased significantly. From March (1st lockdown) to July the ...

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Munich (ots) - With the corona pandemic and the significantly lower volume of traffic, the ADAC Yellow Angels also had fewer breakdowns to fix. Road patrols and mobility partners were on the road around 3,4 million (2019: 3,8 million) times in 2020. According to ADAC breakdown statistics, battery breakdowns have increased significantly. From March (1st lockdown) to July the number was in some cases significantly higher, and an increase was also noticeable in November. Overall, the proportion of battery failures in all breakdowns rose from 41,8 percent in the previous year to 46,3 percent. Reason: During these months in lockdown, many vehicles were hardly or hardly moved. The opposite is evident when it comes to flat tires. These fell significantly in the lockdown months.

A special analysis by the ADAC on breakdowns in electric cars shows: Here too, discharged and defective 12-volt on-board batteries are clearly the number one cause of breakdowns. At 54 percent, the proportion of electric cars is around eight percent higher than that of vehicles with conventional drives. The on-board battery supplies the on-board electrics in an electric car, just like in a conventional car: it can be used to open doors and activate lights or infotainment systems. This also activates the high-voltage voltage supply.

Specific electric car components such as battery, electric motor or charging technology are, according to breakdown statistics, very reliable and only responsible for 4,4 percent of breakdowns. But: The number of electric cars on German roads is currently much younger than that of conventional vehicles. The ADAC experts expect that wear and age-related breakdowns of e-cars will increase in the next few years.

A total of 109 vehicle series from 25 car brands were evaluated in the breakdown statistics. 40 of the 109 model series were fairly reliable in the breakdown year 2020, around half of the vehicles on German roads showed mixed results and 16 vehicle models even performed particularly poorly.

The detailed results of the breakdown statistics and the individual vehicle series can be found at adac.de (https://www.adac.de/rund-ums-fahrzeug/unfall-schaden-panne/adac-pannenstatistik/)

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