Delivery of first Kona Electric car in U.S. reflects Hyundai's community commitment

Dr. Donald Small heads the pediatric cancer research program that benefits from Hyundai's Hope On Wheels program.
Dr. Donald Small heads the pediatric cancer research program that benefits from Hyundai's Hope On Wheels program. | Contributed photo

Antwerpen Hyundai Columbia in Baltimore, Maryland sold and delivered the first Kona Electric car in the U.S. to Dr. Donald Small.

With its remarkable electric driving range of 258 miles on a single charge and advanced active safety features, the new Kona Electric was named as the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.

"I've also been driving an electric vehicle for more than seven years, and today, I finally have the opportunity to upgrade my EV and support a quality brand that has committed over 15 years in funding pediatric cancer research," he said.

Small is the director of Pediatric Oncology at The John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Sharing his advocacy for eco-friendly living includes doing his part in reducing carbon emissions.

"Nothing makes me prouder than to hand the keys to the very first 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric sold in the U.S. to Dr. Small," Hyundai General Manager John Szymanski said. “We share many common values including our commitment to supporting and funding pediatric cancer research through Hyundai's Hope On Wheels program and our joint commitment to a clean environment." 

The program has been supporting research for the last 15 years and has granted over $2 million to The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Division of Pediatric Oncology.

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