Echo Automotive, Inc., a developer of technologies enabling the cost effective conversion of existing fleet vehicles into fuel efficient hybrids, signed an agreement with Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. to serve as a national service center and installer for Echo Automotive systems. There are approximately 900 Meineke franchises throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Saudi Arabia and the Caribbean. Meineke franchisees have serviced more than 50,000,000 vehicles since 1972, and has been recognized by the American Association of Franchisees & Dealers and Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual Franchise 500.
Some of the reason the alliance has come together:
1. Meineke Car Care Centers is providing some of the needed services Echo Automotive needs to best serve fleet customers – installation, service, inspection, and repairs of Echo Automotive products.
2. The relationship with Meineke assists Echo Automotive scale its business through the support of highly recognized and respected national service provider and is a tangible advantage that Echo Automotive can offer its fleet customers.
3. Echo Automotive is focused on the importance of having key vendor relationships as part of its business plan.
4. Echo Automotive develops technologies and products designed for cost effective conversion of existing vehicles into highly fuel-efficient hybrids and plug-in hybrids. The company says that the key to its strategy is the bolt-on nature of its solution that introduces little or, in some cases, no additional points of failure, making it very low risk compared to competing solutions.