New EU legislation can bring back user-replaceable batteries

The EU is on a roll – first it will force smartphones makers to open their devices to third-party app stores from January 2024, then it will make USB-C mandatory for portable electronics starting at the end of 2024, now it has reached a provisional agreement that will require that portable devices have user-replaceable batteries.

The agreement covers batteries of almost all sizes – from portable batteries, Starting, Lighting and Ignition batteries for vehicles (SLI batteries), Light Means of Transport batteries, (LMT, think electric scooters and bikes), Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries and…

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