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SAE Targets EV Charging Security Protocols

SAE International is forming a pre-competitive research program aimed at improving the security of electric vehicle charging systems.

SAE International is forming a pre-competitive research program aimed at improving the security of electric vehicle charging systems.

The intent of the project is to create a two-way authentication method—dubbed a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)—between an EV, charging station and the electrical grid. SAE says a global PKI is necessary to help drive and support a mass transition to EVs, especially as digital connectivity and multi-party interaction increases.

A standard PKI would work in tandem with the latest ISO and CHAdeMO plug and charge protocols, according to SAE. The industry standards organization envisions an integrated network that supports advanced charging capabilities and improved security and privacy for drivers and charging providers.

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