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Echo Automotive will put EchoDrive PHEV powertrain into GM vans

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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.

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