NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Car companies are ‘stepping on the gas’ trying to figure out ways to get Americans into electric cars.

Even the high prices at the pump haven’t jump-started sales of vehicles like the Chevy Volt.

Stephanie Janczek, with the Ford Motor Company that has an electric Focus coming out next year, says one problem is the cost of owning an electric car.

“As people become more accustomed to them… but the [electric car] batteries need to, the batteries themselves, the price needs to come down.”

Janczek says the United States is a big country, with vast urban areas, and a lot of people don’t like the idea of a car that can only go 80 miles before needing to recharge.

Some experts, Janczek included, think electric/gas hybrids will be the most popular for the foreseeable future.