Via Care Receives Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV Car from DriveH2.org

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#driveh2Via Care Community Health Centers has received the donation of a Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV as part of the DriveH2.org public service initiative by Energy Independence Now (EIN), an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to advancing fuel cell electric vehicles and renewable hydrogen infrastructure for transportation, renewable energy storage and industrial decarbonization.

A community-based non-profit organization, Via Care provides caring, affordable, accessible and quality healthcare to among the poorest in Los Angeles. The car donated by DriveH2 will enable the Via Care team to make critical patient visits and prescription deliveries to those with transportation challenges – and with zero toxic emissions.

The Toyota Mirai converts hydrogen to electricity in an advanced fuel cell, leaving clean water as the only tailpipe emission. With a refueling time of just 3-5 minutes, the Mirai can travel more than 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen.

“The donation of this remarkable vehicle immediately allows us to expand our pharmacy and patient visit care services,” said Deborah Villar, CEO. “With the addition of free home delivery of prescriptions for our patients, this will ensure those in the greatest need will experience no delay in receiving their medication. This donation further strengthens and supports Via Care’s commitment to the individuals and families we care for.”

“We’re delighted to donate this Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV to Via Care,” said Brian Goldstein, CEO of DriveH2.org. “This donation is already having an amazing impact on the community, delivering vital medical resources to those most in need while helping one of our nonprofit partners to fulfill its mission in a sustainable manner. The DriveH2.org Mirai Donation Program is raising awareness about zero-emission hydrogen technology that offers quick, communal fueling by placing these vehicles in service to the communities that are hit hardest by air pollution and climate change. We’re incredibly thankful for Toyota’s support as we continue fighting for clean air and healthier communities.”

The DriveH2.org program has also made Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV donations to nonprofits including the American Red Cross, Petersen Automotive Museum, Social Justice Learning Institute, ThinkWatts LA, and After-School All-Stars.

DriveH2 is a public service initiative by Energy Independence Now, an environmental non-profit dedicated to advancing fuel cell electric vehicles and renewable hydrogen infrastructure for transportation, renewable energy storage and industrial decarbonization. The organization engages in comprehensive research, policy advocacy and public outreach to promote the widespread adoption of a diverse zero emissions portfolio. Learn more at driveh2.org.

Via Care is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center formed to provide exceptional care to patients in our service area throughout their lives. Via Care’s mission is to support and uphold the community’s right to health by providing quality, equitable & comprehensive care. Learn more at viacarela.org.


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Spanish language version of this press release is available here.


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