Echo Automotive is adding General Motors vans to its offerings of converted plug-in hybrid vehicles and will bring its EchoDrive PHEV system to GM 2500 and 3500 vans. That will include model year 2010-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, but don't go trying to get these vehicles converted quite yet.

Echo Automotive says production won't begin until the first quarter of 2015, since things are still in the development stage and the company is awaiting a patent on its EchoDrive technology. The company calls it, "a revolutionary patent-pending cost-reduction solution for converting fleet vehicles into highly fuel-efficient hybrids and plug-in hybrids." The GM vans will follow the company's conversion of EchoDrive units onto Ford E-Series van platforms. The E-Series conversions are scheduled to begin later this year (orders currently being accepted).

Echo Automotive thinks adding the Chevrolet Express to its lineup will make for a smart investment, given that it's second only to the Ford E-Series vans for commercial fleet registrations in North America. It also follows right behind the E-Series and Dodge Caravan in government fleet registrations.

It's a three-pronged victory for fleets using the EchoDrive technology, according to the company's chief executive. "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," said Dan Kennedy, CEO of Echo Automotive, in the press release, which you can read below.
Echo Automotive Adds GM Platform Support To EchoDrive

Feb 18, 2014

Company Broadens Market Footprint and Opens Plug-In Hybrid Option for More Fleets

Scottsdale, AZ--(MARKETWIRE-February 18, 2014) – Echo Automotive, Inc. (OTCQB: ECAU) ("Echo Automotive", "Echo" or the "Company") a developer of technologies enabling the cost-effective aftermarket addition of fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid capability to new or existing vehicles, today announced plans to extend its industry award-winning EchoDrive plug-in hybrid system to GM 2500 and 3500 vans, including the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, model years 2010-2014. Production is expected to commence in the first quarter 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.

"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," said Dan Kennedy, CEO of Echo Automotive. "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."

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. Orders are currently being accepted and production of EchoDrive units for the E-Series platform is scheduled to begin later this year. Production for the GM series is expected in early 2015.

About Echo Automotive, Inc. (OTCQB: ECAU)

Echo Automotive™ is a technology company that specializes in delivering cost-effective electrification products and solutions that are purpose-built to maximize fleet transportation efficiency and provide optimal return on investment. The key to Echo's strategy is the bolt-on nature of its solutions, which reduce operating costs and increase efficiency without affecting original vehicle operations. Additionally, Echo offers technology licensing, and consulting in design, energy storage, propulsion, conversions, and vehicle engineering. For more information, please visit

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements in this news release which are not purely historical are forward-looking statements and include any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, commercial rollout of the EchoDrive™ system in 2014, target market, development of technologies and products, and business strategy. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and we assume no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although we believe that any beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this news release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that any such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in our annual report on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Dog Eat Dog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Echo is just another penny stock pretend company. They show up at the Expo's with big PR fanfare and reveal nothing. They showed a rented can with decals on their van at NTEA and they surprisingly won "best new product" because they paid for a booth sponsorship, they bought their way into NTEA and they are all about promoting the sponsors. It's about raising enough cash to fool investors while they try to throw money and engineers to fix and patch something together. Look at their press releases, all fluff no dirt. Try building the product and then go raise the money it will save investors a lot of anxiety.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dog Eat Dog
        @Dogeatdog, I was at the show this year and last year and it was the same van, has a window in the floor to show their motor. They had a shareholder event awhile ago where I got to go to their lab and see all the development, they are a real company as much as you disagree.
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can't successfully convert murica vehicles. You can't smear reason onto stupidity and hope it becomes a viable mix. That vehicle reeks of unibrow engineering. You can just tell that it's heavy and has a V8 engine. Converting a Ford Transit would be less stupid. Much lighter vehicle and they have 4 bangers. Although it's not super obvious either. And Azure has already gone bankrupt trying exactly that although they did it wrong.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Converting the bigger vehicles saves more gas than converting smaller vehicles. Even more so when the bigger vehicles sell in greater numbers than the smaller vehicles. It doesn't take a genius to understand that.
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does this remind me of VIA.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Response to danfred311: Fuel savings has to pay for the added technology in a conversion. For that reason, solutions like this actually do apply best for upgrading today's low-MPG vehicle platforms. Annual dollar savings potential is much greater for full-sized van and pickup platforms than for an already somewhat optimized vehicle like Transit Connect. EPA stickers list estimated annual fuel expense. Assume you can save 1/4 to 1/2 of the fuel expense with an advanced solution conversion. It is clearly the gas-guzzlers that you would want to convert - cases where the base vehicles rack up more than $8000 per year in fuel costs given high annual usage. The total annual fuel cost of a Transit Connect is about $2000/year, maybe $3000 with high annual mileage. Saving 1/3 of that amount with a hybrid conversion would provide up to $1000/year savings. A 3 to 4 year simple payback target would mean the hybrid system conversion for that vehicle should cost no more than $4000 - a very tough proposition considering the cost of high performance hybrid systems and the lithium ion batteries involved. Bottom line: PHEV conversions like this pay for themselves when applied to today's fuel-hungry platforms.
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are wrong on the technology front. This product have small value like via motor or Chevrolet volt . What it take is a small battery, electric motors and a small microturbine made by capstone turbine corp. Actually a private new corporation called wrightspeed begin to commercialize big trucks with this setup and the truck instead of doing 8 mpg make a wopping 44 mpg. A car with this setup could do 100 mpg or more..Big trucks are not covered by autobloggreen, I discovered it in green car congress. These turbines are said to be low noise and work with several fuels like diesel, natural gas, kerosene, gasoline, propane, methanol, ethanol, farts, etc.
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