EV Hacks


I just posted a piece on Quartz about one security expert's view on the potential hackability of electric vehicle charging stations. As new, networked objects on the cityscape, EV chargers are potentially one of the next important information appliances, so their vulnerability is important to look at.

In the meantime, there also seems to be very little study of EV chargers as social objects and civic furniture. Though many EV stations seem unused and relatively pristine in the US, Europe’s networks are giving us a view of what the near future of EV networks looks like. A recent walk through the Amsterdam, the center of the Netherlands’ fast-growing EV market, indicated the EV charging networks are already getting humanized, with presumably disgruntled users marking some units as broken, and evident charging cable hacks, ranging from clever knots around side mirrors to coat-hangers carried around just to help keep cables from entangling others.

As the William Gibson quote goes, “the street finds its own uses for things,” and EVs, as part of the growing Internet-of-Things, are no exception.