Toyota: Old Camry Hybrid Batteries Being Used To Power Yellowstone

Toyota, which runs its U.S. operations out of Torrance, said today that old batteries used in the Toyota Camry Hybrid are being used to power the solar energy systems at a location in Yellowstone. Toyota said that those old battery packs--which are still usable for energy storage even after being removed from vehicles--are being used at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus, in a system which has just come online. Toyota said the system at Yellowstone is the first of its kind, the first system to use recovered hybrid vehicle batteries for commercial energy storage. Just last week, competing vehicle maker Tesla Motors--led by Elon Musk--said it would be rolling out its own line of battery storage products, based on the same battery packs used in its own electric cars.