Remember back to 2008 when Toyota promised to display a CNG-electric hybrid Camry at the Las Angeles Auto Show? Irv Miller, Vice President Toyota Motor Sales' U.S. division said, "With this concept, we are confirming our interest in pursuing CNG [natural gas]."1
Despite Miller's strong proclamation of intent, it's hard to recall much news about Toyota's pursuit of CNG, since 2008. Perhaps the topic has been pushed out of the media's sight and minds by the company's poster child, the Prius. It certainly doesn't mean that Toyota shelved their plans.
Recent reports indicate that Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American engineering and manufacturing operations has made a deal with Constellation Energy, employing the firm to manage its natural gas needs. This proves the automaker is continuing to pursue CNG with more intensity than ever.
Among the many areas Constellation Energy is expected to handle for Toyota are natural gas supply, risk management, hedging, budget analysis, energy market monitoring. The Baltimore-based company will also be responsible for monitoring relevant regulatory and legislative issues for the Japanese automaker. More specifically, they're expected to provide risk management services to 14 Toyota facilities, and supply natural gas to nine different Toyota sites throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
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