Premier League stalwarts, Arsenal FC have signed a global agreement with the world’s best-selling electric vehicle manufacturer, BYD Auto.
The China-based company designs, manufactures and distributes cars, buses, commercial vehicles and rail stock.
BYD have been the biggest new energy car sales business over the past three years across the globe and provide single and double-decker buses to Transport for London. The company employs more over 200,000 people across five continents.
Arsenal have made it clear that they would like to have the Emirates Stadium and other club property to have 100% renewable energy in the future.
BYD will have a presence at the stadium, including pitch side LED signage and branding on dugout seats.
Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “We are proud to become the first Premier League club to enter into a global electric vehicle partnership, and to do so with one of China’s largest and best-known companies. Electric vehicles are destined to form a big part of our transport future so we’re delighted to welcome the world leader in this field into our family of official partners.
“This partnership represents another move towards improving our contribution to environmental sustainability, something both ourselves and BYD are passionate about. It’s a progressive step for us and is a direct result of our successful pre-season tour in Shanghai and Beijing.
“Arsenal is one of the most popular football clubs in China and we are looking forward to supporting the ambitious global growth plans of BYD and helping them engage with the millions of supporters we have in China and around the world.”
Sherry Li, BYD’s brand and public relations director, said: “Arsenal is a club steeped in history and is one of the most popular football clubs among fans in China. This partnership shows that BYD, Arsenal Football Club and its global fanbase believe in a greener future and the deal will help us build our name here in China and around the world.”
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