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It’s been a hectic year in terms of weather. Our country has seen a destructive Hurricane on the East Coast, massive tornadoes in the Midwest and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest – not to mention a host of droughts that continues to threaten our crops and livestock. These occurrences have led many scientists and meteorologists to believe that there is more at work here than a simple bad streak; global warming is impacting our very way of life, and one of the biggest contributors of global warming is automobiles. So if you’re looking at a Chevrolet in Edinburg, TX or anywhere else, you may want to consider the Chevrolet Volt.

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Basically what this means is that the car has both rechargeable batteries and an internal combustion engine. You are able to plug in the Chevrolet Volt in a regular wall socket for added convenience. Plug-in hybrids generally have higher fuel efficiency than regular internal combustion engine vehicles. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt has 101 miles per gallon in the city and 93 miles per gallon on the highway. The discrepancy in city and highway is due to the fact that you’re more likely to use the batteries in the city with frequent stops and traffic. Given the fact that we’ve seen gas approach five dollars per gallon in some states, this should be good news for drivers.

Among the hybrid vehicles out there, the Chevrolet Volt has stood out among the competition. It has won numerous awards, including the 2009 Green Car Vision Award, 2011 Green Car of the Year, 2011 North American Car of the Year, and 2012 European Car of the year. Additionally, according to a report published by Pike Research, the Chevrolet Volt is the best performing hybrid out there, and additions to the 2013 model should leave the rest of the models in the dust. The 2013 Chevrolet Volt features a standard 4-liter, I4, 149-horsepower engine, which should make for a fast smooth ride. If you’re shopping for a Chevrolet in Edinburg, TX or anywhere else, you’ll be very surprised by the Volt’s performance.

You don’t have to sacrifice performance when going green. The Chevrolet Volt proves this. With its sleek style and strong, powerful engine, the Chevrolet Volt is a preview of a bright future in green cars. If the weather is indicative of the future, technology like that in the Chevrolet Volt will help make the world a safer and healthier place to live.

Chuck Stevens is an avid blogger always looking to share his experiences and recommendations. He loves cars, is a huge football fan and works everyday towards preparing for the zombie-apocalypse.  You can follow him on Twitter @chuckstevens12.