TMS USA Inc. teamed with Surfrider Foundation to create Camry Hybrid fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). The vehicle was displayed at the 2009 SEMA Show along with two modified Prius gas-electric hybrid vehicles.

Natural Gas is perfectly entering in rapidly changing market conditions,  CNG is better transport fuel than gasoline, because it is cleaner and safer. Running on compressed natural gas is also cheaper than running on gasoline or diesel fuel.

The CNG system was built by Metal Crafters of Fountain Valley, Calif. The gasoline system is removed from stock Camry and it is replaced by CNG system. The tank for CNG is in the spare tire well area.

The other participant in Camry Hybrid CNG project is Street Image. They helped with the exterior of the car. It was given a sportier concept look with the installation of an aggressive body kit featuring a custom front grill and unique rear bumper that covers the tail pipe and exhaust system. The car also got new adjustable coilover suspension and a set of 20" alloy wheels fitted with Toyo Proxy 4 tires. The exterior of Camry Surfrider is finished with adding CNG and Surfrider logos.

The interior is enhanced with a custom Grey Suede and Black leather upholstery, interior lighting and an enclosed trunk area with a viewing window to display the CNG fuel cylinders.

CNG powered cars will be in separable part of our future, so we will meet more and more such vehicles on the streets and one of them will be Toyota Surfrider Camry Hybrid CNG.

Toyota Surfrider Camry Hybrid (2009) - picture 1 of 2
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Toyota Surfrider Camry Hybrid CNG


  • 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive®
  • Gasoline fuel system replaced by CNG system

Estimated Fuel Economy

  • City/Highway/Combined = 32/24/33

Net Horsepower

  • Engine + Electric Motor + Generator + Power Storage = 170 HP

CNG System

  • Two Lincoln composite Type 4 tanks – plastic liner with carbon fiber wrapped exterior tanks installed in spare tire well area
  • Maximum 3,600 psi


  • Proposed eight gallon gasoline equivalent


  • 250+ miles

Dimensions (inches)

  • Overall Length: 191.2
  • Overall Width: 71.7
  • Overall Height: 57.5
  • Overall Wheelbase:  109.3