To demonstrate the environmental advantages and performance of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) while benefitting kids with cancer, Hyundai Motor America has launched the Hyundai Drive 4 Hope.
As the official car of Hope on Wheels, Hyundai’s major pediatric cancer program, a Hyundai Tucson FCEV will travel more than 4,500 miles coast to coast for kids with cancer. During September National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai Hope on Wheels will award a total of $7.1 million to children’s hospitals.
During its national tour, the Hyundai Tucson FCEV will stop at hospitals across the country (USA), collecting colorful handprints from childhood cancer patients and survivors along the way.
By the end of September, the vehicle will have collected hundreds of handprints from children around the country, each representing a personal story about a child’s battle with this deadly disease.
After its kickoff with a handprint ceremony at University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital on September 1st – the first of 71 hospitals to receive $100,000 Hope Grants – the Hyundai Tucson FCEV will travel over 4,500 miles through more than 15 states in under 30 days.
“Hyundai is committed to bold and innovative change to make the world a better place,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “Through Hope on Wheels, we are making great strides in the treatment of childhood cancer and through our leadership in fuel cell technology, we are making bold strides for a cleaner planet.”
Hyundai Drive 4 Hope Tour will showcase the efficiency and advantages of Hyundai’s next-generation fuel cell electric vehicle technology. The Hyundai Tucson FCEV utilizes fuel cell power from compressed hydrogen, an energy source that is not only renewable but far less volatile than gasoline. The Tucson FCEV’s performance is comparable to that of a gasoline-powered vehicle, according to the company.
Fuel cell electric vehicle technology also presents the potential for a more practical long-term alternative fuel driving solution without limitations.
Unlike plug-in electric vehicles that are limited by range and recharging times, fuel cell-powered electric vehicles can go up to 400 miles between refueling – more than three times the range of a plug-in electric vehicle – and never need to be recharged.