Plug-In Hybrid Upfits for 2010-2014 Express and Savana Vehicles
Arizona-based Echo Automotive is gearing up to offer its EchoDrive plug-in hybrid electric vehicle conversions on GM 2500 and 3500 vans, including the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, for 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, Echo says, citing recent statistics published by Business Fleet.
EchoDrive is first being made available for Ford E-Series vehicles.
“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,” Echo Automotive CEO Dan Kennedy said in a release.
‘Non-Invasive Plug-In Hybrid Solution’
“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,” Kennedy said.
Echo describes EchoDrive as “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,” the company says.
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Source: Echo Automotive with Fleets & Fuels follow-up