Gas prices continue to rise, and two Texas cities will be among the first to sell the new Ford Focus electric car.
Houston and Austin will be among the first cities in the United States to get the new Ford Focus electric car, officials said.
Ford will begin selling the electric version of the Ford Focus later this year in the cities. Houston was also among the first cities to get the all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2011.
The Ford Focus has an EPA rating of 99 mile per gallon equivalent in highway driving and 110 mpg equivalent in city driving, making the Focus the most fuel-efficient five-vehicle passenger car, officials said.
The Nissan Leaf has an EPA estimate of 99 mpg equivalent, and the Chevrolet Volt has an estimate of 94, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The Focus can drive 76 miles on a single charge, according to Ford.
The new electric car comes as gasoline prices have been skyrocketing across the United States.
In Houston, gasoline rose five cents over the past week to $3.78. Texas drivers are paying on average $3.72, or 12 cents lower than the national average. Gasoline prices have steadily been rising across the nation for the last nine days, topping out at $3.84.