Toyota’s CNG powered Camry Hybrid

Discussion in 'Toyota Camry Hybrid' started by xcel, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    First Toyota Camry Hybrid fueled by CNG.

    [xfloat=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2009_Nat_Gas_TCH.jpg[/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Nov. 19, 2008

    2009 TCH at the real “gas” pump ;)

    Toyota highlighted the 2009 TCH at this years LA Autoshow by showing a compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion concept.

    "In the near future, growing demand for liquid petroleum simply and effectively will exceed supply," said Chris Hostetter, group vice president, TMS Advanced Product Strategy. "Before that occurs, automakers must look to vehicles powered by alternative fuels. We believe CNG will be one of those alternatives."

    CNG’s benefits the US as a transport fuel due mainly to it being a locally sourced gasoline alternative. Not only can CNG potentially reduce our foreign oil dependence but with its ultra clean burning nature, it may even reduce vehicle operating costs. Currently more than 99 percent of natural gas used in the U.S. comes from domestic & other North American sources. Proven worldwide natural gas reserves are estimated to last until 2100 and have the potential to last until 2200 through improved advanced production methods.

    Natural gas also reduces both SMOG and Global Warming emissions with fewer particulate emissions, lower nitrous oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2) and non-methane organic gases (NMOG), and less CO2 per unit of energy when compared with gasoline. In addition, CNG is quickly dispersed into the atmosphere, should a leak occur.

    The CNG Camry Hybrid concept had its gasoline fuel system completely replaced with a CNG system including two CNG tanks installed in the spare tire well area. Along with the fuel system conversion, the exterior of the vehicle received some touches of its own. Along with the the front fascia and bumper cover molded to eliminate the top grill opening, the vehicle is fitted with larger alloy wheels and its ride height reduced.

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    Speaking with those on the show floor, the underflow air intake was enough to allow the concept to be driven but full viability tests have not been completed. Meaning, extreme high temepperaures may be a problem for this conversion concept.

    On a positive note, the CNG powered TCH’s range was spec’ed at 280 miles and its mpg equivalent was similar to the conventionally powered TCH. The CNG conversion concept is preliminarily rated at 32/34/33 city/highway/combined on the 08 EPA vs. the conventionally powered TCH’s 33/34/34 mpg ratings. Trunk space as in all TCH’s is at a premium and reduced even further while making room for the two 3,600 pound CNG tanks.

    The vehicle as shown is the only CNG powered Camry Hybrid on the planet that we know of.
     
  2. jsmithy

    jsmithy Well-Known Member

    Wow. That's very cool. Looks interesting without a standard grill.

    "Trunk space as in all TCH’s is at a premium and reduced even further while making room for the two 3,600 pound CNG tanks."

    I assume this means two 3,600 PSI tanks.
     
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jsmithy:

    ___Yes, psi ;)

    ___I spoke with one of Toyota’s technical people this afternoon and verified the new grille was not certified by any means. The technical rep told me it came off a SEMA modded Camry and installed onto the TCH for “show” purposes :(

    ___Future CNG powered TCH’s are not out of the question but not really considered at this point in time as expected.

    ___Good Luck

    ___Wayne
     
  4. jsmithy

    jsmithy Well-Known Member

    Honda could beat them to it with a mix of their current CNG and hybrid Civic.
     
  5. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    I'm curious as to how clean this will rate...I'm going to venture it will be 2nd to the CNG Civic.
     
  6. AlphabetBackward

    AlphabetBackward ZYXWVUTSRQPONMLKJIHGFEDCB and A

    Hmm...I wonder if they could mod my Camry for me.
     
  7. Ken07TCH

    Ken07TCH Well-Known Member

    THis car was lowered. I found lowering springs on the Toyota site. Hmm would that lower Cd? I like that.

    THe wheels look good. But I thought the wheels on the TCH were special made for better fuel economy(not sure where I read that.) There have to be some neat looking PizzaPan discs available out there.

    I really like the front grill (delete) I wonder if that could be louvered to provide the necessary air flow but keep the look. Perhaps just one slot... or a scoop on the lower opening.
     

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