You will soon be able to have your vehicle converted to a hybrid at Meineke centers.

Echo Automotive, Inc., specializing in cost effective conversion of existing fleet vehicles into fuel efficient hybrids, announced yesterday the signing of an agreement with Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. to serve as a national service center and installer for Echo Automotive systems.

“We are extremely pleased to have Meineke onboard as a strategic partner,” commented Jason Plotke, Echo Automotive Chairman and President. “Our relationship with Meineke greatly assists us in scaling our business through the support of this highly recognized and respected national service provider and is a tangible advantage we are delighted to offer our customers.”

There are approximately 900 Meineke franchises throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Saudi Arabia and the Caribbean.

Meineke said its franchisees have serviced more than 50,000,000 vehicles since 1972. The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers recognized Meineke in 2001 as its first automotive industry franchisor to earn the coveted Fair Franchising Seal. Meineke regularly appears in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual Franchise 500 (55th overall and #1 in class for 2011), a list of the 500 best franchise opportunities in America.

“We view collaboration and strategic partnering as a smarter way to go to market,” adds Dan Kennedy, Echo CEO. “We are an integrator and believe that having dedicated upstream and downstream partners is crucial to providing the very best solutions for our customers.”