Since declaring a break from acting to relax and "do good for the environment" back in January, Leonardo DiCaprio has more than delivered. The 39-year-old, who will next be seen in Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street," has raised tens of millions for conservation projects through auctions and parties, invested in sustainable building projects, and now seeks to boost electric car sales. 

The actor has partnered with electric vehicle manufacturer Venturi Automobiles to create a racing team capable of competing in the new FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric race series that begins in September 2014.

“The future of our planet depends on our ability to embrace fuel-efficient, clean-energy vehicles,” DiCaprio said in a release. “Venturi Grand Prix has shown tremendous foresight in their decision to create an environmentally friendly racing team, and I am happy to be a part of this effort."

DiCaprio's group will be the 10th and final team to compete against a veritable who's who of Indy racing teams with Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing, Asia’s China Racing, Super Aguri and Mahindra Racing, and European squads Drayson Racing, e.dams, Audi Sport ABT and Virgin Racing. The purpose of the Formula E Race group is to boost electric car sales by showcasing new technology and inspiring competition between major manufacturers. The emerging tech will also receive a huge international audience — with races planned for 10 major cities including Beijing, Los Angeles, Miami, Buenos Aires, Berlin and London.

"I want to give a very special welcome to our championship to Leonardo DiCaprio," announced Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoters Formula E Holdings. "Very few environmental leaders have helped more than him to spread the message of sustainability around the world. Having people like him and Richard Branson — global ambassadors for the environment — is a privilege for our championship and will greatly help us to spread the use of electric cars in cities around the planet.”

Check out a promotional trailer for the FIA Formula E Championship below. 

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