The Indian government has introduced legislation to the requirements for the USB-C standard for mobile devices following the European Union. The law will have the effect of a period of 2025.
In particular, the Indian government should cut the number of chargers in its household, and thus indirectly reduce the amount of waste created by the charger. As a result, the government wants to limit the use of older chargers, because the suppliers focus on new charging standards. The Indian USB-C Directive enters into force three months after the u.s.
In concrete terms, it means that new smartphones in India should use USB-C to charge the charging port from March 2025. It’s unclear whether the directive is applicable, too, to laptops and to headphones. It is known that wearable devices such as smartwatches will be left out for now. The Indian government is still considering a mandatory charging port for such devices. It’s unknown if it come and which charging ports or standards are being considered. The vast majority of wearables now use their own battery port.
A smartwatch charger is universal.
The Indian government is waiting for the guidance of the Indian Institute of Technology before giving its government the charging standard, an agency which makes a decision on technological development. A set of new charges could have far-reaching consequences. In the end, manufacturers will want to introduce such a directive on all kinds of wearables, so it’ll save money and cost, therefore, even Europeans would require a new standard.
In addition, there are plenty of maneuvers in this plan. The mobile industry is going to do all they can to maintain its charging standards. Many tech companies use lobbyists to block the announced plans or to adjust them so that the plan isn’t very practical. So it took years to decide on a universal charger standard, the USB-C.
European taxes are the result of the plans.
Today, it is known the law is going to come into effect by autumn 2024. Laptops, smartphones and tablets should be equipped with USB-C charging ports from there. There’s no exception to laptops: only laptops with a charging speed of up to 100 watts must be in order to get the port. The legislation should also apply to mobile electronics such as cameras and headphones. Just like the Indian regulation, smartwatches are not subject to the obligation.