As part of National Cancer Awareness Month in September, the Hyundai Hope on Wheels team will be visiting hospitals across the United States and collecting handprints to be placed on their Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV).

Hope on Wheels

The Hyundai Hope on Wheels team travels the country in their Tucson FCEV to bring attention to National Cancer Awareness Month during September, while also promoting fuel cell technology. Credit: Hyundai Hope on Wheels

The Hyundai FCEV Tucson will travel across the country, racking up more than 4,500 miles to deliver $100,000 in Hope Grants. The Hope Tour launched in University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital Sept. 1 as the first Hope Grant recipient. The Tucson FCEV team will visit 71 hospitals across 15 states during September to promote National Cancer Awareness Month and collect handprints from hundreds of children, representing a personal story about a child’s battle with cancer.

“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 also wants to promote a cleaner environment and fuel efficiency through its goal of having more vehicles that achieve 40 miles per gallon than any other automaker. By showcasing the Tucson FCEV, Hyundai hopes to educate the public about the benefits of the next generation vehicles, fuel cell technology that utilizes fuel cell power from compressed hydrogen, an energy source that is not only renewable but far safer than gasoline.

“Fuel cell technology is one of the lowest carbon footprint power solutions in the automotive industry, and it has the potential to be a zero carbon solution,” said Michael O’Brien, vice president of product and corporate planning of Hyundai Motor America. “Several manufacturers are actively exploring fuel cell technology, but Hyundai is making it a reality with the ability to begin factory production of fuel cell cars and trucks in the next several years.”

The Hyundai Hope on Wheels team includes Hyundai’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Zafar Brooks and Drive 4 Hope Field Leader Joe Foster, and they will be featuring their journey through real time blog entries on the Hope on Wheels website.

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