EU To Mandate User Replaceable Batteries In Gadgets & EVs
Apple’s plans for future iPhones in the region will be affected by the EU mandating USB-C. The EU isn’t stopping there. According to a new report, the EU is now planning to require user-replaceable batteries for smartphones, gadgets, and battery packs for starting EVs, EVs, and industrial batteries. Manufacturers will have three years to comply if the proposal is approved. The agreement is provisional at this time and will include all sizes of batteries. The agreement will include batteries of all sizes, including portable batteries, starting, lighting and ignition batteries for cars (SLI), LMT, EV and industrial batteries.
All manufacturers of these batteries will have 3.5 years to modify their products in order to accept user-replaceable batteries if the legislation is passed. The EU has now made it mandatory to use removable batteries. Before manufacturers began to copy Apple’s lead and opt for unibody designs, user replaceable batteries were a standard feature on smartphones. It is true that Samsung smartphones from years ago had removable batteries. This was common for budget phones.
This legislation, however, could face a lot more opposition than the USB-C regulation. The USB-C regulation was met with resistance by Apple, as most Android manufacturers have already switched to USB-C ports. Most manufacturers will have to redesign their products in order to accept user-replaceable batteries. The user-replaceable battery design could have an impact on the company’s desire to show off sleek, stylish smartphones.
It could also impact the build quality and make it less water-resistant. This could also apply to EVs or other battery products that are vehicle-related. Manufacturers of foldable devices could face legal issues. The batteries that hold together laptops and smartphones are held together with ribbons and cables. This makes them difficult to design and construct. These products could gain weight if they were equipped with a user-replaceable battery.