The Texas cities of Houston and Austin will be among the first cities in the United States to get the new Ford Focus electric car. According to vehicle industry reports, Ford will begin selling the electric version of the Ford Focus later this year in both of the cities. Houston was also among the first cities to get the all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2011. According to reports, the Ford Focus has an EPA rating of 99 mile per gallon equivalent in highway driving as well as 110 mpg equivalent in city driving. With these features, this makes the Ford Focus the most fuel-efficient five-vehicle passenger car. According to car maker Ford, the Focus can drive 76 miles on a single charge, according to Ford.
The announcement of the new environmentally sound and efficient car comes upon the heels of gas prices surging to over $4.00 a gallon for Houston as well as the rest of the country. In the city of Houston, gasoline rose five cents over the past week to $3.78. Drivers in the state of Texas are reportedly paying on average $3.72, or 12 cents lower than the national average.