The positive partnership between Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) and Alabama State University (ASU) continues to grow with the April 6 news conference held on the University's campus announcing that HMMA will be loaning one of the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell sport utility vehicles, the Hyundai NEXO, to ASU for an extended evaluation period.
The announcement was made by Robert Burns, Hyundai's vice president of Human Resources and Administration, who was joined by ASU's president, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. in front of the ASU Lockhart Gym. They were joined by news media reporters and an assembled group of socially distanced and masked Hyundai and ASU administrators, which included ASU Board of Trustee member's Judge Tiffany McCord and Delbert B. Madison; as well as HMMA's Yvette Gilkey-Shuford and Dr. Joyce Loyd-Davis, senior director of ASU's Health Services.
"This is truly a great time to be a Hornet as we celebrate the continuing partnership between Hyundai and Alabama State University," Ross said at the news conference. "Several weeks ago, Hyundai and ASU came together as the University hosted a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the employees of Hyundai, and today we witness ASU partnering with Hyundai again as it loans us its high technology vehicle, the NEXO, which will allow us to expose our STEM students to this first-of-a-kind vehicle."