Support Salvation Army California Wildfire Relief

Route 66 becoming green with charging stations, solar panels

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Route 66 Road Print

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Route 66, a highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, is turning green.

The Mother Road is seeing a growing number of electric car charging stations along the 2,500-mile path, and some states even are pushing for solar panels and electric buses.

Illinois is installing a network of electric vehicle charging station from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River.

And earlier this year, Missouri’s highway department announced it was eying a project to cover a portion of its Route 66 with road-ready solar panels.

Route 66-area motel owners also are getting in on the action.

Bella Roma Bed & Breakfast innkeeper Laura Ferrary says she installed a Tesla supercharger at her Albuquerque spot because she anticipates more environmentally-conscience travelers in the future.