SANTA FE — The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) has published a new travel planning tool that maps over 120 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout New Mexico.
The map highlights New Mexico’s access to recharging capabilities for those who travel by electric vehicle. Each listing details the location, hours of availability and other accessibility considerations.
“As New Mexico continues to invest in green infrastructure, we want to highlight that access and connectivity for members of the traveling public who wish to build more eco-friendly practices into their travel habits,” Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said.
Since the formation of the state’s Climate Change Task Force in 2019, NMTD has assisted with the strategic planning for economic transition and diversification. Mapping and promoting EV accessibility was recognized in the 2020 Climate Strategy report as a strategy that could inspire confidence in New Mexico’s growing EV infrastructure for residents and visitors alike.
On February 11, 2022, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico will receive $38 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to strategically deploy EV charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network to expand access and reliability. The federal funding will be deployed to build out designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, as well as EV infrastructure on public roads, publicly accessible parking facilities, or other publicly accessible locations.
Over the past two years, New Mexico has designated multiple Alternative Fuel Corridors along I-25, I-10, US-70, and US-285. These corridor designations identify near-term and long-term EV charging needs and locations at strategic locations along major national highways.
In addition, NMTD has expanded the Clean & Beautiful Grant Program to elevate awareness of sustainable tourism strategies and initiatives. On September 21, 2021, NMTD launched a Keep New Mexico True campaign to support waterway cleanup efforts throughout the state, resulting in over 8,000 pounds of litter removed from New Mexico’s waterways. NMTD also launched a recycled art campaign in November 2021 to highlight the importance of reducing waste while supporting local artists and creatives.