Trusted Computing Group (TCG) joins LF Energy project EVerest

09.06.2023
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Protecting eMobility and EV Charging Infrastructure from Cybersecurity Attacks

Trusted Computing Group (TCG) joins LF Energy project EVerest to create an end-to-end security reference architecture for the EV charging ecosystem. The goal of the collaboration is to ensure that vehicles are resilient under attack from a connected and potentially compromised EVs or EV charging station so that malware cannot propagate to the vehicle or vice versa.

eMobility is the mobility technology of the future. The number of electric vehicles (EVs), charging stations and associated technologies is growing rapidly. According to projections, there will be a total of 12.9 million publicly available EV charging stations by 2030. Software is one of the central building blocks of eMobility as EVs communicate in many different ways with many other participants within an interconnected ecosystem. Therefore, software security plays a crucial role in eMobility.

Today TCG’s Vehicle Services working group is announcing that it has become an Associate Member of LF Energy, and has also joined the LF Energy EVerest project. This represents an important step towards more cybersecurity for eMobility infrastructure as a whole. TCG is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop, define and promote open, vendor-neutral, global industry specifications and standards, supportive of a hardware-based root of trust, for interoperable trusted computing platforms. TCG’s member companies are among others AMD, Intel, and NXP. LF Energy is an open source foundation focused on harnessing the power of collaborative software and hardware technologies to decarbonize our global economies. Associate Members of LF Energy include open source projects, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, or government research institutions.

TCG is organized into several working groups in which experts from different technology experts work together. The Vehicle Services working group with member companies such as Toyota, Mercedes Benz and Infineon, aims to bring TCG technologies into the automotive vehicle ecosystem by contributing whitepapers and reference documents for the design, development, production, provisioning, runtime use and testing of vehicle system cybersecurity.

“Every electric vehicle is part of the greater interconnected charging ecosystem. The EV Charging Industry must take a holistic and collaborative security approach by clearly understanding the problem(s) to deliver simple security solutions, which is why we have partnered with Linux Foundation Energy EVerest Project (LF ENERGY EVerest) who are a consortium of EV Charging Industry experts. TCG Vehicle Services Work Group has recognized the lack of an EV Charging industry security framework, such as the Industrial Internet Security Framework (IISF), which we believe would be a great addition to securing the ecosystem with Trusted Computing Technology at its core. One of the best prevention strategies is to provide a trustworthy platform for LF EVerest to build vendor neutral and interoperable software representing industry best capabilities. We’re looking forward to sharing our expertise and to collaborate together with LF Energy”, Eoin Carroll, Co-Chair TCG Vehicle Services Group.

"We welcome TCG’s participation in the EVerest project and broader LF Energy ecosystem as we work to build the technologies necessary to decarbonize every type of energy system globally,” said Arpit Joshipura, Linux Foundation General Manager. “TCG’s extensive experience in automotive technologies will accelerate innovation for EVerest and open EV charging infrastructures generally, while hardening security."

“The collaboration between TCG’s Vehicle Services working group and LF Energy will further boost the development of the EV charging industry to make it more innovative and above all more secure. We believe that this is another important step for EVerest to become a worldwide standard for the charging industry”, Marco Möller, Co-founder and CEO of Pionix GmbH, who initiated the EVerest project in 2020.

About Trusted Computing Group

TCG is a not-for-profit organization formed to develop, define and promote open, vendor-neutral, global industry specifications and standards, supportive of a hardware-based root of trust, for interoperable trusted computing platforms. More information is available at the TCG website, www.trusted computing group.org. The organization offers a number of resources for developers and designers at https://develop.trustedcomputinggroup.org.

About LF Energy

A first-of-its-kind initiative, LF Energy provides a 21st century plan of action to solve climate change through open frameworks, reference architectures and a support ecosystem of complementary projects. Strategic Members include Alliander, Google, Microsoft, RTE and Shell, in addition to over 50 General and Associate Members from across the energy industry, technology, academia, and government. Find further information here: https://www.lfenergy.org

About Pionix

PIONIX is the leading open-source pioneer for EV charging technology in Europe. In 2020 PIONIX initiated EVerest, the first freely accessible and holistic software solution for the booming market of e-mobility.

The open-source software stack EVerest is the perfect solution to develop, optimize, and unify electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It is the answer to the incompatibility between different charging systems, cars and the infrastructure around them. The company supports its business customers to apply EVerest and customize it to their needs. The company is headquartered in Bad Schönborn, Germany. Its customers include charging station manufacturers, component developers, and energy utilities in Europe and North America.

About EVerest

The primary goal of EVerest is to develop and maintain an open source software stack for EV charging infrastructure. By digitally abstracting the complexity of multiple standards and use cases, EVerest will run on any device from AC home chargers to public DC charging stations. EVerest is developed with modularity and customizability in mind; it consists of a framework to configure several interchangeable modules which are coupled by MQTT with each other. This project will help to speed the adoption to e-mobility by utilizing all the open source advantages for the EV charging world. It will also enable new features for local energy management, PV-integration, grid friendliness, and many more. By leveraging EVerest, you are free to invest in higher value activities. Find further information here: https://lfenergy.org/projects/everest

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