Environment & Science

Route 66 becoming green with charging stations, solar panels

File: A road marking of the historic Route 66 sign is seen painted on the street of the town of Kingman, on October 31, 2010.
File: A road marking of the historic Route 66 sign is seen painted on the street of the town of Kingman, on October 31, 2010.
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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.