EchoDrive Bolt-On Hybrid Kit Wins Work Truck Show 2014 Green Award

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Echo Automotive, Inc.
(Scottsdale, AZ), won The Work Truck Show® 2014 Green Award for its EchoDrive
(TM) bolt-on hybrid electric kit for fleet vehicles. The award was presented
last week during The Work Truck Show 2014 at the Indiana Convention Center in
Indianapolis, IN. This is the second year in a row that EchoDrive was honored at
The Work Truck Show: the product won the Editor’s Choice Award for new product
innovation at the 2013 event.

The Green Award is given annually to the product at The Work Truck Show that a
panel of trade media and fleet manager judges determine best enhances vocational
truck fuel utilization.

EchoDrive is a plug-in system that includes an advanced battery, electric motor,
inverter and charger. The components work together to provide torque assistance
and recover braking energy. While other hybrid systems replace or alter the OEM
powertrain, EchoDrive bolts directly to the vehicle. Its non-invasive,
cost-effective design saves fuel without affecting the original OEM warranty.

Green Award judges praised EchoDrive for offering a complete fuel-saving package
that can be easily added to or removed from existing vehicles. Echo-certified
technicians can install EchoDrive in four to six hours using existing mounts,
keeping vehicle downtime to a minimum.

“The Green Award is significant because it is judged by actual fleet operators
who deal with fuel-related issues every day,” said Jason Plotke, chairman and
president of Echo Automotive. “The award, plus all the positive feedback we
received on the trade show floor, validates that EchoDrive is recognized as a
solid solution that can deliver real cost-savings for fleets in a variety of

Work Truck Show attendees were able to test-drive a Ford E-250 cargo van
equipped with EchoDrive during the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive held as part of
the Show. The Ride-and-Drive offered test-drives on city streets and a
closed-access section of the Indianapolis Zoo parking lot, so fleet operators
could try sustainable technology vehicles for themselves.

To learn more about Echo Automotive or EchoDrive, visit
or call 1-855-ECHO-AUTO.

For additional information about The Work Truck show, visit or call
1-800-441-6832. Connect with the NTEA on Facebook at, and join the Work
Truck Show conversation on Twitter at @WorkTruckShow and @nteanews with the
official hashtag: #wts2014.


Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry,
represents approximately 1,600 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 government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa,
ON, Canada.

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