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May 03, 2021

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Toyota's Hino Motors teams with Israeli startup to produce electric trucks

Toyota subsidiary Hino Motors and Israeli startup REE Automotive announced a partnership to produce all-electric pickup trucks.

In addition to the trucks, the venture will also manufacture electric buses and commercial vehicles, the companies said.

Hino and REE said they hope to have the first hardware prototypes developed by next year. The vehicles will be based on the FlatFormer platform Hino unveiled in Japan two years ago.

"The starting point of this collaboration is the FlatFormer concept we showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show," Hino CEO Yoshio Shimo said in a statement.

"It received an excellent response, and I am delighted to see this FlatFormer concept come closer to reality.

"I'm confident that this business alliance will become a driving force for Hino as we take on the challenge of generating new value in commercial mobility to harmonize with future society."

The companies didn't specify when the new electric vehicles will go on sale.

Tel Aviv-based REE produces "drive-by-wire" systems, which uses electronics to replace typical mechanical controls in vehicles.

Earlier this month, Toyota unveiled an all-electric sport-utility vehicle concept called the bZ4X, which it said would produce vehicles under the Toyota bZ brand.

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Car Care Tip

If the brakes fail to work properly, it can be caused by some of the following: the rotors, the brake pads, the brake fluid, and the break pedal. The most common reason would be the brake pads or a leak in the brake fluid.

It's a good idea to check your breaks if you notice any issues out of the ordinary. If you want to check the breaks yourself, you'll need to inspect the brake pads and brake fluid reservoir. This usually requires removing the tires and possibly getting under the car if you suspect a brake fluid leak.

But there is a very easy way to check your brake fluid; check the level and color of the fluid in the reservoir. If the color is dark then it's time to change it.

If the fluid is low, fill to the proper line; and if the tank is empty you probably have a leak that needs to be fixed and then you'll need to bleed the brake lines and replace the fluid.

Checking the Brake Pads

As you drive, listen for a screeching sound. Most brakes have a warning indicator and they make a noise when they are low as you press on the brake pedal.

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