SOURCE: Echo Automotive

Echo Automotive

May 22, 2013 16:17 ET

Echo Teams With CALSTART to Accelerate Adoption of Hybrid Solutions

Echo Joins Leading Consortium in Mission to Grow Clean Transportation Technologies Industry

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) -  Echo Automotive, Inc. (OTCQB: ECAU) ("Echo Automotive", "Echo" or the "Company"), a developer of technologies enabling the cost-effective conversion of existing fleet vehicles into fuel-efficient hybrids and plug-in hybrids, today announced the Company has joined CALSTART, North America's leading advanced transportation technologies consortium, to accelerate awareness and adoption of bolt-on hybrid solutions.

CALSTART is an industry leader in working with fleets to implement clean fuel vehicle solutions, with manufacturers to develop commercialization strategies, and with public and private sources to obtain seed funding to speed the conversion of fleets to alternative fuels. Aligning with this renowned organization supports Echo Automotive's commitment to working with experts in the field to further the cause and adoption of emerging clean technologies.

"Echo is excited to be a part of CALSTART. We recognize and appreciate the outstanding work the organization has done and continues to do to advance innovative transportation technologies," said Jason Plotke, Echo President and Co-founder. "Our award-winning EchoDrive™ platform powers solutions that support CALSTART's mission and offer a bolt-on alternative that allows more operators to take advantage of incentives and more vehicles to get to clean technology faster."

"We are pleased to have Echo Automotive join CALSTART as a member company," said John Boesel, President and CEO of CALSTART. "Fleets in California and beyond will benefit from more cost-effective and fuel-efficient options to address the challenge of rising fuel costs."

Additional details of the Company's business, finances, appointments and agreements can be found as part of the Company's continuous public disclosure as a reporting issuer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC") EDGAR database. For more information, visit our website at: www.echoautomotive.com.

About Echo Automotive, Inc. (OTCQB: ECAU)
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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