Legendary Route 66 Goes Green with EV Network

Route 66, “The Main Street of America,” is going green. The historic highway, which ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, served as the iconic road for a popular ‘60s TV show in which two young male adventurers traveled in a Chevrolet Corvette, averaging 13 mpg (at 25 cents per gallon!). Now, the state of Illinois is investing $1 million to set up charging stations for electric vehicles along the route to promote EV use. The Illinois Route 66 Electric Corridor is projected to become a 300-mile EV charging network from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River, connecting Chicago and St. Louis. BMW, Nissan, and Mitsubishi are involved with the project. From Corvettes and 13 mpg to EVs and charging stations is an innovation journey as long as the highway itself.

John Howell, Editorial Director