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How Leonardo DiCaprio inspired Henrik Fisker to build plug-in hybrid cars

BBC’s TopGear recently had an exclusive interview with Leonardo DiCaprio to find out about his commitment to sustainability and his investment in Fisker Automotive. The most surprising thing is that Leo was in part responsible for Fisker getting started in the first place.

TopGear started out by digging into Leo’s early car experiences. His first car was a Sixties Ford Mustang fitted with the classic Windsor 351 (5.8-litre) engine that could smoke anyone on the road. The problem was it didn’t have power steering and an engine that would just shut off. After being invited to the White House in the late 1990s by then-vice president Al Gore, who gave him an environmental 101 talk, DiCaprio embraced environmental issues. It was a defining moment, and it inspired him and his family to start the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, which “supports efforts to secure a sustainable future for our planet and all of its inhabitants.”

His green credentials were recognized by the broader public until years later, when he showed up driving his Toyota Prius to the Academy Awards. “I’m photographed constantly by paparazzi when I leave my home so it was just a responsible thing to do as an environmentalist,” DiCaprio said.
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