European Union makes the USB-C the Universal Charger
USB-C charging technology will be mandatory on all phones sold in Europe by fall 2024...
No more confusion and lack of chargers will be the problem in the European Union as lawmakers work to introduce mandatory phone chargers for the entire EU - USB-C.
Yesterday marked a day in which the EU lawmakers reached a deal to make USB-C chargers mandatory for all phones by the fall of 2024. The phone isn’t the only product getting the upgrade, however. It is said that the law will also require the same USB-C charger for tablets, e-readers, portable speakers, headphones, digital cameras, and handheld game consoles. Eventually, sometime in the future, we will also see an application for laptops.
"European consumers were frustrated long with multiple chargers piling up with every new device. Now they will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics."
Alex Agius Saliba, European Parliament Rapporteur, said.
The only company that has argued against the change is Apple. Apple claims that the move could stifle innovation and cause more waste if people are now focusing on abandoning their lightning cables. Apple uses lightning connectors for iPhones and a MagSafe charger for MacBooks. When or if Apple ever does change the technology, it won’t just be within the EU.
The announcement to shift to a universal charger has been in conversation for nearly a decade. According to internal estimates, the move will save consumers nearly 250 Million Euros (or $267 Million) per year. The EU is also saying that unused chargers and those tossed are representing nearly 11,000 tons of waste. The bill is expected and hopeful in easing those numbers.