Hyundai Donates Six Ioniq Hybrids to the National Parks Service

The Hyundai hybrids were given to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Santa Monica Mountains, and National Capital Parks-East.

byChris Tsui| UPDATED Dec 6, 2017 5:50 PM
Hyundai Donates Six Ioniq Hybrids to the National Parks Service

In order to significantly up its tree-hugging street cred, Hyundai has donated six Ioniq Hybrids to the National Parks Service. Specifically, cars were given to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina, California's Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Washington, D.C.'s National Capital Parks-East. Each park received two of the new, blue Hyundais as part of their staff fleet. 

"Hyundai is proud to support the national parks with America’s most fuel-efficient car, the Ioniq Hybrid," said Hyundai America CMO Dean Evans, referencing the Ioniq's 58 miles per gallon EPA rating. "Our Ioniq Hybrid will deliver fuel-efficient and versatile transportation for the important work that the National Park Service does on a daily basis."

In response, "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," said NPS Partnerships & Philanthropy chief Reginald Chapple. "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 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid couples a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor, produces 139 combined horsepower and sends said power to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Ioniq also happens to share a powertrain and chassis with the Kia Niro, a hybrid that The Drive's chief auto critic, Lawrence Ulrich, liked a lot. If it's good enough for Ulrich, it's good enough for the NPS.

Priced at a Prius-beating $22,200, the hybrid Hyundai apparently boasts up to 690 miles of range.