Photo courtesy of Echo Automotive Next year, Echo will offer a hybrid retrofit kit for Ford E-Series vans. The kit costs about a third of the price of a new vehicle. Related Links: Hybrid Truck Sets Speed Record Deere Hybrid Loader Debuts at World of Concrete As American work-truck buyers are shifting to new European-style vans, a new start-up called Echo Automotive wants to help owners get more mileage out of their older-style vans, which are expected to remain in circulation for 10 or more years.Echo's plug-in hybrid kit, which is scheduled to go into production in early 2014 and
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.