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The US May Be Next In Line To Adopt USB-C

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Some US Senators have written to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo urging the United States, like the European Union, to introduce a common standard for chargers.

The European Union has been trying to set a standard for devices offered in the region. From 2024, all devices sold in the EU must have USB-C as a common charging standard (there are exceptions). This has significant benefits, including reduced e-waste and lower costs for customers to purchase new charges. The US senators also want to implement such a standard in the country.

According to Engadget (via The Verge), US senators Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders asked the Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to develop a “comprehensive strategy” for a common charging standard. The Senators insisted on the environmental impacts and convenience it brings users.

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The US follows the EU in regards to a common charging standard

Raimondo still hasn’t responded to the letter. The Senators also didn’t specify the type of charging standard, whether it’s USB-C or something else. Also, it’s still unclear which devices should be covered by this program. Most devices, from smartphones to laptops, have charging cables, and the proposed bill should exactly specify the types of devices that should follow the standard.

Of course, not all companies are happy to comply with the common charging standard plan. Apple is one of the greatest critics of this program, arguing that the plan could hurt innovation by limiting the potential for technical advances. Also, Apple says the plan forces its customers to replace their Lightning cables, which contrasts with e-waste cutting goals.

From 2024, all Apple devices offered in the EU will either use a USB Type-C port, or adapt a completely wireless standard (which is unlikely). Most Android phone manufacturers will find it easy to comply with the common charging standard plan.

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We should have to wait for the Commerce Secretary to comment on the letter. However, setting a common standard for device chargers won’t be easy and requires comprehensive planning. The EU has been working on this plan for over a decade.