The smartphone sector is undergoing a significant transformation thanks to the EU. Starting in January 2024, it will compel smartphone manufacturers to permit third-party apps. Then, starting by the end of 2024, all portable gadgets will be required to use USB C.
Now that a temporary agreement has been reached, all portable electronics must have user-replaceable batteries. As Pakistan imports smartphones, this will also have some impact on the phones that are offered there.
Almost all battery types are covered by the agreement, including portable batteries, starting, lighting, and ignition (SLI) batteries for automobiles, light means of transportation (LMT) batteries for electric scooters, motorcycles, and other vehicles, and electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
If this law is approved, manufacturers would have three and a half years to adapt their portable electronics so that consumers may take the batteries out and replace them.
Every battery is required to have labels and QR codes under the new EU regulations. The capacity, performance, chemical make-up, and a symbol for “separate collections” are all listed in these codes. Additionally, batteries will have digital passports that will carry data about the battery model and the specific batteries.
The environment was a major motivator for this deal. In accordance with the strategy, recycled materials in batteries must meet minimum standards of 16% cobalt, 85% lead, and 6% lithium nickel.
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