Ford to Build Its First Hybrid-Only Vehicle
...but it's a minivan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2011 1:34 PM CDT
The C-MAX Hybrid, a next-generation hybrid version of the five-passenger minivan, is shown.   (AP Photo/Ford Motor Co.)

(Newser) – Ford is making a minivan that will become its first US vehicle sold only as a hybrid. While the automaker sells hybrid versions of some cars, it's got nothing like the hybrid-only Toyota Prius. Ford's new minivan is based on a five-passenger van, the C-Max, which is a non-hybrid already sold in Europe. The minivan, which goes on sale next year, will get about 41mpg. A plug-in version (C-Max Energi) also will be sold.