Electric Vehicle and Charging

Bringing security and convenience to EV users and charge point operators

From secure Plug&Charge to charging station management.

During the electric vehicle charging process, the vehicle communicates with the charging and payment platforms built by the mobility operator (MO), using infrastructure owned by the charge point operator (CPO), who communicates with the power grid. As such, the EV charging ecosystem involves the exchange of personal and payment data, making cybersecurity essential.

AUTOCRYPT’s EV and Charging solution covers a wide range of use cases from implementing a secure Plug&Charge (PnC) framework for EVs and chargers, to providing a convenient Charging Station Management System (CSMS) for CPOs.

In compliance with ISO-15118 for the V2G communication interface, AUTOCRYPT establishes a secure Plug&Charge (PnC) framework on both ends of the vehicle and the charger.

Highlights

All You Need to Know About EV and Charging

and stay prepared with AUTOCRYPT

The Electric Vehicle Market

Electric Vehicles (EVs) will make up 85% of new car models by 2040.

Various changes in the automotive industry have allowed this to happen.

Charging Infrastructure

Charging points across the globe are not only growing exponentially but are also becoming smarter and more connected. Payment methods like Plug&Charge (PnC) and mobile charging are making EVs more acceptable to the general public.

New Policies

Countries are changing their legislation to limit carbon emissions.

Environmental Awareness

Increased environmental awareness by the public drives demand for zero-emission vehicles. Battery-electric vehicles (BEV) operate without emitting CO2 or NOx, reducing the burning of fossil fuels.

Need for Space

Without an engine or transmission, EVs are lighter with more space for storage and seating.

Need for Economy

Charging an EV costs on average five times less than fueling a conventional ICE vehicle, not to mention government subsidies and tax rebates that come with EV purchase.

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Also contributing to this increase in market size is the growing number of charge points throughout the world.

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Security Concerns

Charging an EV at a public charging station involves the exchange of data between the EV owner and the charge point operator (CPO). Many charging stations use older, open charging protocols that do not use end-to-end encryption to process data. Without a secure protocol, the EV charging ecosystem can be vulnerable to data theft. These vulnerable data could potentially include sensitive information like:

Credit Card and
Payment Information
Personally Identifiable
Information (PII)
Vehicle and
Driving Data
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For instance, an attacker can take advantage of a software vulnerability to gain root access to the charge point, take payment data, and wreak financial havoc on the part of the CPOs, mobility operators (MO), as well as the vehicle owner.

Conversely, the attacker could gain access to a vehicle’s USB port, using merely a simple flash drive to inject malware that infects its way into the charge point, gaining access to the systems of the CPO and MO.

The Plug&Charge (PnC) protocol was made to tackle these security concerns. Every time a vehicle is plugged into a charger, the vehicle automatically proves its identity to the charger on behalf of the driver by exchanging its digital certificate with the certificate of the charger. All digital certificates are end-to-end encrypted and verified by a PKI (public key infrastructure) system. Drivers no longer need to manually insert their membership and payment cards for charging.

AUTOCRYPT's EV and Charging Solution

AUTOCRYPT’s EV and Charging solution provides a Plug&Charge environment that V2G participants can trust.

In compliance with the ISO-15118 standards for the V2G communication interface, AutoCrypt® PnC (formerly AutoCrypt® V2G) is a PKI-based authentication framework dedicated to Plug&Charge, securely verifying the identities of both the vehicle and the charger. Built to support the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), AutoCrypt PnC ensures that the contract between the Charging Station Management System (CSMS) and the mobility operator (MO) is verified and securely delivered to the vehicle.

Besides Plug&Charge, AUTOCRYPT’s EV and Charging also seeks to provide an integrated EV charging ecosystem that connects individual vehicles to the CPOs and MOs through big data:

EVIQ™ is a comprehensive EV information and charging platform that provides useful charge point location and pricing information to drivers, and also a Charging Station Management System (CSMS) for CPOs and MOs to easily manage their chargers and customers.

More about the Plug&Charge process:

EV and Charging Products

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AutoCrypt PnC

A secure communication module and PKI-based certificate management system for the Plug&Charge (PnC) framework, ensuring a secure charging environment for EV drivers, MOs, and CPOs.

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EVIQ

An all-on-one EV information and charging platform that provides a Charging Station Management System (CSMS) for CPOs as well as charger information and mapping apps for consumers.