EV charging security project gathers pace

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As part of a research project on improving security of the electric vehicle charging ecosystem, SAE International has announced a contract with a team comprised of Eonti, DigiCert and VerSprite, for its technical development.

Launched in May 2020, the SAE Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project is an industry-led pre-competitive research project to strengthen EV charging system security.

With the contractor team onboard, technical work has begun to develop a secure EV charging industry PKI platform that is agnostic to charging system and protocol standards. The project is using agile development practices to design and test the PKI solution in an aggressive 18-24 month schedule.

“SAE International is pleased to engage with Eonti, DigiCert and VerSprite, who will collaborate to design, test and deploy this essential PKI solution that will advance the entire electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” said Tim Weisenberger, program manager for emerging technology standards at SAE International. “The contractor team we have assembled brings deep PKI experience. When combined with our project team of industry-leading EV developers, charging network operators and charging equipment developers, the result is a technical development team that is unmatched in the EV charging community.”

SAE will leverage the expertise and experience of its Cooperative Research Program to convene industry members to develop a targeted solution for this critical use case that will be extensible to other automotive and mobility use cases. The project is an example of the SAE Cooperative Research Program which uses agile development techniques to deliver targeted research to solve crucial industry problems and lead to SAE International Standards. The research program moves the needle in emerging technologies and allows industry professionals to rapidly develop global solutions for the industry.

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