Route 66 becoming green with charging stations, solar panels – News – Amarillo Globe-News

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This June 21, 2016 photo shows one of the signs along historic Route 66 in downtown Albuquerque, N.M. The National Park Service has partnered with the nonprofit Cinefemme to create an online collection of stories about the women who lived and worked along the famous highway and were inspired by it.

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 are pushing for solar panels and electric buses.

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

And earlier this year, Missouri’s highway department announced it was considering 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.




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