Echo Automotive Signs Electric Motor Deal With Remy – Cost-Effective Aftermarket PHEV Conversions Coming Soon

JUN 5 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 5

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Echo PHEV System

Echo Automotive is inching closer to its grand goal of “enabling the cost-effective aftermarket addition of fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid capability to new or existing vehicles.”

Most of Echo's Work is Focused on Ford Products - Though GM-Based Offerings Are Planned Too

Most of Echo’s Work is Focused on Ford Products – Though GM-Based Offerings Are Planned Too

Echo’s latest step towards that goal is the signing of an electric motor supply deal with Remy International.

Remy will supply Echo with “critical components for the Company’s EchoDrive™ plug-in hybrid system.”

Jason Plotke, Chairman and President of Echo Automotive, stated:

“Remy has over 100,000 electric motors on the road with over 2 billion miles today and over 10 years of electric traction motor production. OEMs, system integrators and end users trust and respect the Remy brand and have confidence in Remy’s proven reliability and durability.  This supply agreement ensures that Echo can continue to incorporate the power and efficiency of Remy patented High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) components into our EchoDrive system. Additionally, this partnership demonstrates our commitment to working with industry leaders to bring EchoDrive to market and the utmost confidence to our customers. We are extremely pleased to have Remy as a strategic partner.”

With most of the supply chain now lined up, Echo’s next step is production, which it says will begin later this year.

Echo focuses its efforts on PHEV conversions for commercial-duty fleet vehicles like Ford full-size vans, F Series truck and soon General Motors full-size vans and perhaps even GM pickup trucks.

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5 Comments on "Echo Automotive Signs Electric Motor Deal With Remy – Cost-Effective Aftermarket PHEV Conversions Coming Soon"

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100,000 of those are out there? Wow. Quite under the radar, no?

How much does a conversion for a van/pickup cost?

…ok, seems this is the count of *motors* not of converted PHEVs.

Anyone knows how many PHEVs they’ve converted to date?

would love a conversion path for my old (1999) Dodge Ram. When the motor/tranny give out, would be a good option to have.

This has been a hole in the market since the flop of Netgain’s non-regenerative EMIS. Wishing em the best of luck! With Echo’s projected conversion costs of $10-$13k and ROI of 3-4 years, it could be viable.

Color me skeptical. But I wish them good luck!