Analyzing and Defending Cyberattacks on Electric, Hybrid, and AV Battery Systems

Alongside, another notable development in the automotive sector is the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) motivated by efforts to downscale tailpipe emissions. Currently, widespread EV adoption is bottlenecked by limited driving range, battery pack cost, battery lifetime and safety issues associated with Li-ion batteries. The battery pack forms a significant fraction of the total cost of the electric vehicle (∼20% of the vehicle cost). From the standpoint of automotive cybersecurity, while the primary focus is on immediate safety concerns, EV battery packs introduce several new points of vulnerability and safety concerns which need to be explored. In this article, the authors develop a physics-driven approach to systematically analyze cyberattacks against EV batteries through simulations of the operation of an EV along with its subsystems. Using this framework, the authors identify different cyberattack scenarios that can cause either temporary or permanent damage to battery systems.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    Carnegie Mellon University

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  • Authors:
    • Viswanathan, Venkat
  • Publication Date: 2018


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Research Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 11p

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  • Accession Number: 01684235
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Oct 9 2018 2:54PM