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Just ahead of Rivian’s launch, US automakers pledge huge increase in electric vehicles

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WASHINGTON (AP and WEEK) -  President Joe Biden has announced a commitment from U.S. carmakers that electric vehicles will make up as much as half of their sales by the end of the decade.

The commitment from automakers comes about a month before Rivian Automotive plans to start delivering to customers its R1T electric trucks made at its factory in Normal. Rivian is now aiming for a September launch.

Auto executives and lawmakers joined Biden on the White House South Lawn Thursday as he signed an executive order on the voluntary commitment.

The administration wants automakers to raise gas mileage and cut tailpipe pollution between now and model year 2026.

The moves are big steps toward Biden’s pledge to cut emissions and battle climate change as he pushes to shift the nation away from internal combustion engines and toward battery-powered vehicles.

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