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."
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.