Hyundai Motor America has donated six 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrids to the U.S. National Park Service for use by staff in three national parks.
According to the company, it gave two Ioniqs to each park: Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina; Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California; and National Capital Parks (East) in Washington, D.C. The vehicles were delivered to the parks during the past week and will be put into use immediately. Hyundai claims its Ioniq Hybrid is among the most fuel-efficient cars in the U.S., with an EPA-estimated 58 combined MPG.
Dean Evans, chief marketing officer of Hyundai Motor America, says the company is “proud to support the national parks.”
“Hyundai’s brand promise of ‘better’ aligns perfectly with what the national parks do to preserve and maintain the country’s most historic and treasured places,” says Evans. “Our Ioniq Hybrid will deliver fuel-efficient and versatile transportation for the important work that the National Park Service does on a daily basis.”
“The National Park Service is grateful to Hyundai for this donation, which reflects the long-standing tradition of private-sector support for national parks and the National Park Service,” comments Reginald Chapple, division chief of partnerships and philanthropy at the National Park Service.
“In these very large parks with widespread facilities and visitor services areas, these vehicles will improve the ability of park staff to care for these iconic places. The donation also supports our effort to convert our fleet to fuel-efficient vehicles to increase sustainability and reduce costs.”