Leonardo DiCaprio named brand ambassador in China for BYD new energy vehicles

Environmental activist to promote BYD’s new energy vehicles in China as way of mitigating climate change


BYD Company announced today that Leonardo DiCaprio, UN Messenger of Peace and Academy Award-winning actor will serve as new brand ambassador in China for BYD’s line of new energy vehicles. The company is one of the largest new energy vehicle manufacturers in the world, accounting for 11 percent of the global market in 2015 alone. The commitment to new energy vehicles is part of BYD’s “Cool the Earth by 1°C” campaign for the creation of a “Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem” – comprising renewable energy generation, storage and usage – which looks to transform how individual use energy and promote public awareness of climate change.


BYD Brand and Public Relations General Manager Sherry Li said: "Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio has greatly inspired the world with his outstanding dedication to saving the planet’s ecological environment. As our brand ambassador in China, we are pleased to work with him in promoting public awareness of climate change through the use of new energy vehicles.”


In 1998 DiCaprio established an environmental organization, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF - http://leonardodicaprio.org ). LDF is dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of all of Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships LDF supports innovative projects that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Since 1998, LDF has awarded over $61 Million to 128 different projects in 46 countries and all five oceans. In recognition of his notable efforts, DiCaprio was awarded with the title of "Messenger of Peace" by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2014.


“All over the world people are realizing that cars that run on fossil fuels are inefficient and a major threat to the planet. I am very pleased to be joining an effort to increase the number of clean vehicles on the road in China and beyond.” DiCaprio said.


Through the partnership DiCaprio will work closely with BYD throughout 2017 to highlight new developments and announcements in China regarding the company’s line of new energy vehicles.


In addition to being a global leader in new energy passenger cars, BYD’s electric bus and other new energy vehicles have expanded their footprint to 240 cities, across 50 countries and six continents. In the first half of 2016 BYD saw a 130 percent increase in new energy vehicle sales, allowing the company to strengthen its hold on the Chinese plug-in vehicle market, claiming a 65 percent share.


About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is a leading high-tech multinational company based in Shenzhen, China. Since its establishment in 1995, BYD has developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries, becoming a relentless advocate of sustainable development. It has successfully expanded its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions. After 22 years’ development, BYD has created a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage, cutting-edge electrified transportation and a state of the art monorail. These Four Green Dreams make BYD an industry leader in the energy and transportation sector. BYD is listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

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