Senators urge the US to create an EU-style universal charging standard

Will the US make USB Type-C the nation's universal charging standard?

Senators urge the US to create an EU-style universal charging standard

The US should follow the EU' s lead, senators urge  

In a letter to the United States of America's Department of Commerce, three senators, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, have called on to Commerce secretary Gina Raimondo to implement a law that would create a universal charging standard for the nation. This call for a universal charging standard comes after the European Union (EU) created a law that will make USB Type-C the block's universal charging standard for most mobile devices.

The creation of a universal charging standard is expected to reduce the "planned obsolescence" or many charging devices, saving consumers money by allowing them to use their chargers for more devices and with less need for replacement. This standard is also expected to reduce consumer waste and consumer frustration. 

If the US adopts a universal charging standard, it is likely that the nation will follow the EU's lead by making USB Type-C the nation's common charging standard. Simply put, USB Type-C has what it takes to meet the power demands of most mobile devices, with high-end cables and chargers being capable of delivering up to 240 watts of power. Beyond that, USB Type-C is already commonly used to charge many of today's mobile devices.

Below is a segment of the Senators' latter to the US's Department of Commerce.

     We write regarding the economic and environmental harm inflicted by the consumer electronics industry’s failure to establish uniform charging accessory standards — a shortcoming that requires consumers to frequently change their charging accessories. This planned obsolescence is expensive and frustrating for consumers, and drives the proliferation of electronic waste (ewaste). In response to these issues, the European Union (EU) just passed important legislation obligating electronics manufacturers to adopt a common charger for mobile devices across the EU.1 We commend the Department of Commerce for the steps it has already taken to address these issues, 2 and we urge you to follow the EU’s lead by developing a comprehensive strategy to address unnecessary consumer costs, mitigate e-waste, and restore sanity and certainty to the process of purchasing new electronics. 

Senators urge the US to create an EU-style universal charging standard

With most of the consumer market already pushing USB Type-C as a common power and data transfer standard, it is easy to see why the European Union has already backed USB Type-C as the inter-national block's common charging standard. Aside from a few notable exceptions, most companies have already adopted USB Type-C on most of their latest devices. 

Should the US create a common charging standard based on USB Type-C, it would effectively make USB Type-C the universal charging standard for two of the world's wealthiest markets. With the EU and US backing USB Type-C, the standard would become the world's de-facto charging standard. Good riddance Lightning and Micro-USB.

Whether or not the US will create a universal charging standard remains to be seen, as three senators is not exactly an overwhelming level of political support for a US common charging standard. More support is needed to force the US to create a common charging standard. 

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20-06-2022, 16:43:01

NeverBackDown
This would be nice for quickly grabbing a cable but there's so many crap USB cables on the market it'll just get worseQuote
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