Echo Automotive touts itself as a "developer of technologies 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
The EchoDrive PHEV syste, will soon find a place in Model Year 2010-2014 GM 2500 and 3500 vans, including the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana.
Production of those PHEVs will begin in Q1 of 2015.
"The Chevrolet Express is second only to Ford E-Series vans in North American commercial fleet registrations, and trails only the E-Series and Dodge Caravan in government fleet registrations, according to the most recent statistics published by Business Fleet. EchoDrive currently is available for Ford E-Series vans."
Dan Kennedy, CEO of Echo Automotive, stated:
“The addition of support for the Chevrolet Express platform is a natural expansion for EchoDrive from both a technical and a market perspective, and one that allows more fleets to benefit more fully from our EchoDrive plug-in hybrid system. We look forward to demonstrating the impact EchoDrive delivers to fleet managers in reducing operating costs, delivering greater fuel efficiency and promoting sustainability across both the Ford and GM platforms.”
As for how Echo operates, here are some details on the process:
"EchoDrive delivers a non-invasive plug-in hybrid solution for new or existing vehicles without high infrastructure costs. It offers fleet managers a low-cost point of entry to high fuel efficiency as well as a long product lifespan and financing options that make shorter return-on-investment possible. A nationwide network of industry-leading install and service providers supports the EchoDrive system."