Following the lead of the EU, a group of US lawmakers are urging the Department of Commerce to establish a standardized common charger for all mobile devices.
Spearheading the call are Democratic Senators Ed J. Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. In the letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the senators said, “We are writing about the economic and environmental damage caused by the consumer electronics industry’s failure to establish a uniform standard for charge.”
The letter highlighted the lack of uniform standards that weighed on consumers and forced them to change their charging accessories frequently. Outdated chargers end up in landfill, contributing to electronic waste.
In the latest call to action, the senators asked the Commerce Department to “develop a comprehensive plan that will protect both consumers and the environment by addressing the lack of a common pricing standard across the United States.” United”.
It’s not quite the same as EU legislation to make USB-C the common charger, but it’s certainly a push for the US to set national standards for chargers .
There were already reports, via Bloomberg, of Apple testing USB-C charging ports on its device in anticipation of European legislation passing. The iPhone and AirPods are two popular devices that use Apple’s proprietary Lightning chargers, which we may see disappear in the future.
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