By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
(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.