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Echo Automotive Announces Growth of Distribution Network and New Partnership at The Work Truck Show 2014

Echo Automotive Announces Growth of Distribution Network and New Partnership at The Work Truck Show 2014

Echo Automotive announced the growth of their distribution network with Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products (CVP). The company also announced a partnership with Remy Supply.

Leggett & Platt CVP
"CVP has an impressive history of aligning with innovative technology companies and OEMs to deliver meaningful products and services to commercial fleets," said Jason Plotke, chairman and president, Echo Automotive. "The company's ship-thru and custom upfitting capabilities enhance the value and convenience we can offer EchoDriveā„¢ customers, especially those in need of a one-stop solution for adding new, fuel-efficient vehicles to their fleets. This partnership supports our business strategy, widens our distribution and installation footprint, and makes it even easier for fleets to adopt EchoDrive. We are very pleased to be working with CVP."

"Echo has created a non-intrusive plug-in hybrid system that can deliver hard-dollar cost savings for 10 years," said John Forest, vice president of iInstall operations, Leggett & Platt CVP. "The EchoDrive technology, and the economic value it offers, is impressive -- fleets can increase fuel efficiency by 50%. We are excited to add this plug-in hybrid option to our alternative fuels portfolio and our ship-thru services. EchoDrive gives us another powerful tool to meet the unique needs of our fleet customers."

CVP will begin accepting orders for the EchoDrive system later this year, and will offer Echo-certified installation of the EchoDrive system for new vehicles beginning first quarter of 2015.

Remy Supply
"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," said Jason Plotke, chairman and president, Echo Automotive. "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."

In addition to ensuring the supply of industry-leading components for the EchoDrive plug-in hybrid system, which is scheduled for production later this year, the agreement formalizes the development of an advanced induction motor system, Echo Induction Machineā„¢, that will be assembled and distributed by Echo Automotive and available to system integrators.

The Echo Induction machine is a complete advanced induction motor system designed to deliver outstanding power density, efficiency and durability through an integrated stator and rotor pairing with an optimized inverter control. This unique machine will offer a safer and more affordable alternative to other motor types in many light-to-medium-duty applications within the automotive industry and beyond.

"The Echo development team understands the demands of their technologies and their uses, and is specifying proven components like our Remy motor that enhance the efficiency and robustness of EchoDrive," said Jay Pittas, chief executive officer, Remy, Inc. "The company clearly sees an opportunity to create new revenue streams by introducing their advanced technologies to other OEMs and integrators. We are excited about what Echo and Remy can do together and the impact we can make in our markets."

Remy components are currently in use in the EchoDrive beta system, and will be included in the EchoDrive production units scheduled for delivery later this year. The Echo Induction Motor will be available separately through EchoSolutions. Orders are being accepted now.

For more information, www.echoautomotive.com.

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014