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Winter still has its icy grip on much of the United States and that means drivers are dealing with some extreme conditions.

That’s certainly the case here as a Ring camera captured a Lincoln MKT struggling on an icy street.

As you can see, the crossover nears the top of a hill as a woman attempts to park in front of her house. While this typically wouldn’t be an issue, the combination of ice and angle proved too much to overcome.

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As soon as the driver stopped accelerating, the MKT began sliding backwards even though the brakes were being applied and preventing the wheels from spinning. The slide starts pretty slowly, but the vehicle picks up speed and eventually crashes into a pole before rotating 90 degrees. The MKT continuing rotating and the driver finds themselves going back down the hill face first.

The crossover eventually goes partly off the road and this brings the vehicle to a halt. Thankfully, the MKT wasn’t damaged and no one was hurt.

While there wasn’t much the driver could have done, other than accelerate, she sees the humor in the situation and told Ring it was “funny after the fact” and joked “Ice 1, Car 0.”

 


Lordstown Motors is developing an electric van.

Details are limited, but the company said the model will be based on the same platform that underpins the Endurance pickup. The van will also have a low ground clearance, all-wheel drive and a “class-leading range.”

There’s no word on specifications at this point, but Lordstown confirmed the van will use hub motors like the Endurance. In the truck, they produce a combined output of 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS) and enable the model to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds.

Also Read: Lordstown Partners With Camping World For Servicing And Electric RV

The van is slated to be unveiled in June, before going into production in the second half of 2022. Little else is known about the model, but Lordstown said it will be “priced competitively with comparable internal combustion-based vans” and form the basis of the “world’s first production all-electric RV.”  The latter was announced last month as part of an agreement with Camping World.

In other news, the company has begun metal stamping and welding for 57 Endurance Beta prototypes. The first Beta trucks are expected to be completed in March and some of them will be used for “crash, engineering and validation testing.” The company also expects to send some to customers to gather feedback.

CEO Steve Burns said Lordstown remains on track to start normal production in September and continues to see “indicators of strong demand for an all-wheel drive, full-size electric pickup truck with 250 miles (402 km) of range from commercial, government and military fleets.”

 

The Volkswagen Group is hoping to recycle up to 90% of the materials in its batteries in the future, and has taken the first step in that mission with its first plant for recycling EV batteries in Salzgitter.

As you may know, lithium-ion batteries require a lot of materials, many of which are hard to find and require a lot of energy to mine. Although EV car manufacturers won’t always disclose the true environmental impact of their EVs, one of the advantages of centralizing (and reducing) pollution is that big recycling programs like these could become easier.

The plant will recycle batteries that can simply be used in other applications. Volkswagen has already outlined some of the plans it has for reusing batteries, like in mobile charging banks. This plant, however, will deal with the batteries after they have been used up and will thereby recover the raw materials, like lithium, nickel, manganese, and cobalt.

“Volkswagen Group Components has achieved a further step in its sustainable end-to-end responsibility for the battery as a key component of electric mobility,” said Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components. “We are implementing the sustainable recyclable materials cycle – and play a pioneering role in the industry for a future-oriented issue with great potential for climate protection and raw material supply.”

Also Read: GM Intends To Stop Selling Gasoline Vehicles By 2035, Will Be Carbon Neutral By 2040

The process used will also be energy efficient. Rather than just melting everything down in a blast furnace, the batteries are disassembled and ground down into a black powder which is then processed by hydrometallurgical processes.

“As a consequence, essential components of old battery cells can be used to produce new cathode material,” explains Mark Möller, Head of the Business Unit Technical Development & E-Mobility. “From research, we know that recycled battery raw materials are just as efficient as new ones. In future, we intend to support our battery cell production with the material we recover. Given that the demand for batteries and the corresponding raw materials will increase drastically, we can put every gram of recycled material to good use.”

Naturally, Volkswagen doesn’t expect the plant to be very busy for a few years. As EVs become more popular, though, this will be an important step in the greenification process. Volkswagen reckons that a recycled battery saves 1.3 tonnes of CO2.