Saturday, March 16, 2013

Echo Automotive Wins Work Truck Show 2013 Editors’ Choice Award for EchoDrive™ Hybrid System

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (March 14, 2013) — Echo Automotive, Inc. (Anderson, IN), has won The Work Truck Show® 2013 Editors’ Choice Award for its new EchoDrive™ bolt-on hybrid electric kit for fleet vehicles.

EchoDrive beat out more than 120 other new products introduced at The Work Truck Show 2013, held March 6-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. The system was selected by a panel of trade media editors and fleet managers looking for the most innovative product introduced through the show’s New Product Spotlight and New Product Media Guide programs.

Unlike other fuel efficiency solutions, EchoDrive does not replace the vehicle’s existing drivetrain. It includes an advanced battery system, electric motor, inverter and charger that provide additional energy and fit most vehicles with adapter plates and brackets. Modular battery packs allow fleets to customize the system to their needs and avoid waste. EchoDrive is cost-effective; users should be able to recoup their initial investments in 24 months or less, the company says.

“Receiving the NTEA Editors’ Choice award accentuates the tremendous efforts and results from a fantastic show we had at the NTEA event,” stated Jason Plotke, Echo president. “We view the receipt of this award as a significant third-party market validation that EchoDrive is being well received by the marketplace.”

At the Work Truck Show, Echo Automotive featured the system on the Ford E250 van. A cutaway model was displayed in the company’s booth and a working version was available for test drives as part of the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive.

For more information about Echo Automotive or the EchoDrive system, visit www.echoautomotive.com or call 212-671-1020.

Produced annually by the NTEA, The Work Truck Show brings together thousands of work truck industry professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers.

Connect with the NTEA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NTEA.TheAssociationForTheWorkTruckIndustry, and Twitter at www.twitter.com/WorkTruckShow. The Work Truck Show 2014 returns to the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis March 5-7, 2014. Educational programming starts March 4. Online registration opens at NTEA.com in October. For more information, visit www.ntea.com or call 1-800-441-6832.


About NTEA
Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,500 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.

About Echo Automotive, Inc.
Echo Automotive, Inc., develops technologies and products designed for cost effective conversion of existing vehicles into fuel-efficient hybrids and plug-in hybrids. The key to Echo's strategy is the bolt-on nature of its solution that introduces little or, in some cases, almost no additional points of failure, making it low risk compared to competing solutions. For more information, please visit www.echoautomotive.com.

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