As we advance into the latest technology, batteries have not progressed as quickly as devices and hardware. We are still relatively stagnant in battery capacity and charging cycles, causing them to degrade sooner or later.
This generates a sustainability problem that the EU wants to solve. For this, it will implement a new regulation in which European Parliamentarians voted to force all smartphones/gadgets to have easily replaceable batteries.
This law restricts selling devices that require special tools to open up. So basically, the users can change the batteries. The European Union has already forced Apple to change from a Lightning port to a USB-C port on iPhones, with the iPhone 15 expected to be the first to make the switch.
Now it seems Apple will need to figure out how to allow access to the battery inside future iPhone models, as will every other smartphone manufacturer.
What worries the European Union is not the capacity of the batteries but rather their sustainability. The EU Parliament has passed a new directive to increase the recycling of cells and make batteries easily replaceable.
Regarding the regulations, from the end of 2023, 45% of the batteries will be collected, while in 2027, the aim is to reach 67%, and in 2030, 73%. Now if we talk about batteries for means of transport, 51% will be sought in 2028 and 61% in 2030.
By 2030, the world demand for raw materials to create batteries will increase by 14 times. Therefore, it is necessary to increase the recycling of batteries to recover the most materials.
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