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US automakers pledge huge increase in electric vehicles

Joe Biden
Joe Biden
Joe Biden
Joe Biden
Joe Biden
Posted at 10:52 PM, Aug 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-05 22:52:06-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

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.