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Plug-In Hybrid Conversion Company Raises $3 Million

Echo Automotive, which converts regular old gasmobiles (specifically, fleet vehicles) into plug-in hybrid and conventional hybrid electric vehicles, recently announced that it raised an extra $3 million in working capital. Kudos to Echo Automotive! Here’s the news release (image added from Echo Automotive website):

Echo Automotive Completes $3 Million Financing

SCOTTSDALE, AZ–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, is pleased to announce the completion of financing with United Fleet Financing, LLC, (“United Fleet”) that provides $3,000,000 of working capital for the Company through a Private Placement Offering and Mezzanine Financing.

“This $3,000,000 infusion of working capital will allow us to ramp up our order fulfillment operations and meet the growing demand for EchoDrive™ kits more quickly,” stated Dan Kennedy, Echo’s CEO. “We are very pleased by the completion of this financing, the support offered by United Leasing, and the positive response we continue to receive from the marketplace.”

 

The Company authorized the sale and issuance of up to 2,727,273 units of Company securities to United Fleet in a private placement for the purpose of raising working capital to accelerate the Company’s business plan. Each unit consists of one share of the Company’s common stock at $0.55 per share and one warrant exercisable to purchase one and one-quarter (1.25) shares of common stock at an exercise price per share of $0.65. The proceeds will be provided by United Fleet on a tranche basis with monthly installments for nine (9) months starting June 2013.

Additionally, United Fleet and Echo consummated a financing and security agreement in which United Fleet agreed to provide an additional $1,500,000 of working capital for Echo through mezzanine financing. The mezzanine financing is a five (5) year secured note with accrued interest at an annual rate of eight percent (8%). The terms of this note include conversion features at $0.55 per share and warrant rights with a strike price of $0.65. This additional working capital will also be provided to the Company in nine (9) monthly installments starting June 2013.

The Company filed 8-K reports with the SEC disclosing the details of both financing transactions with United Fleet. Additionally, the Company filed its 10-Q report with the SEC on time on May 15, 2013 as part of its SEC compliance requirements.

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 few or, in some cases, almost no additional points of failure, making it low risk compared to competing solutions. For more information, please visitwww.echoautomotive.com.

 
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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply had a lot of faith in these companies and felt like they were good companies to invest in as a portion of his retirement strategy. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

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