Europeans will soononly need to reach for one cable to charge their smartphones and other devices. By fall 2024, after new rules get formal agreement, the European Union will require a uniform charging cord in the 27-nation bloc. EU consumers will only need a common USB Type-C cable for small and medium-sized rechargeable, portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and e-readers. Laptops also are covered, but manufacturers will have extra time to comply. Consumers will save an estimated 250 million euros ($266 million) because they can choose to buy new devices with or without a charger. Waste will also be reduced as chargers account for 11,000 metric tons of e-waste in Europe every year. For more than a decade, the EU tried to persuade industry to adopt a common charging standard before forcing the issue with draft legislation last September.

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