Echo Automotive, a developer of aftermarket plug-in hybrid powertrains, plans to extend its EchoDrive system to GM 2500 and 3500 vans, including the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, model years 2010-2014.
EchoDrive is already available for Ford E-Series vans – orders are currently being accepted and production is scheduled to begin later this year. Production of the GM version is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2015. The Ford E-Series and Chevrolet Express are the two top vans in North American commercial fleet registrations.
The EchoDrive conversion system comprises a 30 kW traction motor; modular Li-ion battery pack with 2.2 kWh modules; 650 A inverter and power electronics; onboard charger; and hybrid controls.
EchoDrive is designed to offer fleet managers a low-cost route to high fuel efficiency as well as a long product lifespan. Financing options are available. The company is targeting Class 1-5 fleet trucks, and has service agreements with Meineke Car Care Centers and Dickenson Fleet Services to serve as installers.
“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 CEO Dan Kennedy. “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.”
Source: Echo Automotive