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New data shows where, when drivers are most likely to crash

Agero, which supplies roadside assistance, analyzed their calls for help to get results on likely incident scenarios.

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Data from 65 million U.S. drivers has revealed when and where they are most likely to need roadside assistance. Agero, one of the largest providers of roadside assistance in the country, for companies including Toyota, Ford, and Progressive, conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative research and analysis to detail what a typical call for help looks like outside of a traditional crash scenario. These are the results.

Breakdowns can come in multiples. 

Of the respondents who experienced a breakdown in the last six months, nearly two-thirds of those under 35 years old reported experiencing two or more breakdown events, while just 40 percent of those over 35 experienced two or more.

It almost always happens on a weekday.

While one might assume a breakdown is most likely to occur during a long drive, like a summer or holiday road trip, this happens just four percent of the time. Instead, over 75 percent of breakdowns occur during the daytime and roughly 70 percent happen on weekdays – causing major inconvenience when you're about use the car to run errands (42 percent) or commute to or from work (25 percent).

Most incidents happen close to home.

Everyone's worst case scenario is being left stranded on the side of a highway. But as it turns out, this happens just 13 percent of the time. A calmer neighborhood street is the much more likely location, occurring almost a quarter of the time (22 percent). And, the chance of a breakdown happening while driving vs. parked is an even 50-50 split, with a significant portion of respondents at home (26 percent) or in a parking lot (25 percent) when their issue occurred. Overall, roughly 80 percent of events occur within 30 minutes of home.

Most incidents also happen while drivers are alone.

The natural tendency is to worry about being stranded with our kids in the car. Fortunately, this is often not the case. Over half of events (53 percent) occurred with no other passengers in the car. Other adults and children are present just 13 percent of the time, while drivers reported having only kids in the car for eight percent of events.

Most incidents don't require a tow truck.

A full 75 percent of the time, the event doesn't require a tow, and is instead a caused by a dead battery (24 percent), flat tire (23 percent), lockout (12 percent), out of fuel (10 percent) or stuck in a ditch, mud, etc. (5 percent). A tow is required just 25 percent of the time due to a mechanical problem (17 percent) or flat tire with no spare available (8 percent).

Spare tires are becoming increasingly less common as standard equipment in vehicles so it will be interesting to see how these numbers change over time. If you're not 100 percent sure if your vehicle has a spare tire and the proper equipment to change the tire, now's the time to check.

About half of vehicles on the road have an incident by the time they get to be eight years old.

Perhaps not surprisingly, vehicle age can play a role in the likelihood of a breakdown. In recent years, roughly 10 percent of cars two years old or less have had a breakdown. But the likelihood begins to spike after that, with approximately 30 percent of cars experiencing a breakdown by the time they are four years old and half experiencing such an event by the time they are eight years old.

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The long process to design, engineer, and award a contract for the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) next-generation mail delivery vehicle (NGDV) has finally come to an end. The government has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract to produce the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle for service. Oshkosh Defense is a a wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK).

The NGDV project is the USPS's first large-scale fleet procurement in three decades. Over the next 10 years, the contract allows for the delivery of between 50,000 and 165,000 new vehicles.

"Oshkosh operates with unparalleled commitment to those who depend on our products and services to build, protect and serve communities around the world. We are honored to have been selected by the USPS to support their important work by manufacturing American-made Next Generation Delivery Vehicles that will connect every home and business across the United States for decades to come," said John Pfeifer, President & Chief Operating Officer, Oshkosh Corporation.

U.S. Postal Service's Next-Generation Mail Delivery Vehicle

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The new mail trucks will have multiple powertrain options, just like many passenger vehicles on the road today. There will be a battery electric vehicle (BEV) version that runs exclusively on electric power and a fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE) variant.

Under the contract awarded today, USPS has committed to paying Oshkosh Defense $482 million as a first step toward the new vehicles' production. The money will be used to finalize the production vehicle design and complete factory build-out, all of which is necessary before production gets underway. The process is similar to ones mass market vehicle manufacturers use.

"Our century-long history of delivering products to customers, operating in some of the most demanding and severe conditions on the planet, uniquely positions us to bring exceptional reliability, safety, and maintainability to USPS's Next Generation Delivery Vehicles," said John Bryant, Executive Vice President, Oshkosh Corporation, and President, Oshkosh Defense. "Partnering with trusted suppliers, we have developed a purpose-built solution to support the current and future needs of the USPS," Bryant concluded.

In addition to a new exterior and powertrain options, the NGTV also gets modern features and amenities like a rearview camera, walk-in cargo area, air condition, telematics, and a sliding cargo door. There's also a host of safety technology and equipment including airbags, automatic front and rear braking, blind spot warning, a 360-degree camera, and forward collision warning.

Production of the next generation delivery vehicle is expected to begin in 2023.

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Land Rover is working to electrify its lineup.

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The countdown is on. In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six fully-electric vehicle variants to its lineup. That doesn't mean that all Land Rovers will run strictly on electric power, but there will be numerous options for customers.

All three Land Rover families - Range Rover, Discovery, and Defender - will be impacted as part of the powertrain introductions. The first of these pure electric variants will arrive in 2024.

The electric vehicles (EVs) will ride on Land Rover's forthcoming flex Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Vehicles built on that platform will be capable of having electrified internal combustion engines or funning on all-electric powertrains. Additionally, Land Rover will soon make a pure-electric biased Electric Modular Architecture (EMA), which will support "advanced electrified" internal combustion engines.

The Land Rover Range Rover is already offered with an electrified powertrain.Photo courtesy of Land Rover


Land Rover hasn't specified what exactly they mean by the two types of engines, but it's likely that an electrified internal combustion engine refers to 48-volt, or similar, technology that's often referred to as mild-hybrid. Advanced electrified internal combustion engines is probably a fancy way of saying plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) power.

JLA's plant in Solihull, West Midlands, England will be the home of vehicles built on the MLA architecture. It will also be home to the future Jaguar electric vehicle lineup. The plant currently produces the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, and Jaguar F-Pace.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are made at a former Ford plant in Liverpool, England while the Discovery and Defender are made in Slovakia.

The current generation Land Rover Range Rover was introduced in 2012 it's one of the oldest Land Rovers in the fleet alongside the Range Rover Sport, which was introduced in 2013 and facelifted in 2013. The new generation of the Range Rover Evoque debuted for the 2020 model year while the Range Rover Velar made its dealership debut in 2017.

The Discovery and Discovery Sport are a little younger, with the Disco making its market debut in 2017 and the smaller Discovery Sport debuting in 2019.

Land Rover's Defender made its debut for the 2020 model year, bringing back the heralded nameplate to the U.S. following a years-long absence.

It would make sense that Land Rover would begin electrifying its lineup starting with the next-generation of the model(s) it intends to bring to market first. The company already offers an electrified Range Rover. Look for electrified variants of the Range Rover Sport, Discovery, Discovery Sport, and Defender to come to market as their generations move from one to the next.

Land Rover anticipates that 60 percent of its sales will be made up of vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions by 2030.

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