Cyber-security risks make India wary of electric cars

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s administration said last year it aims to have mostly electric vehicles by 2030

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Cyber-security risks make India wary of electric cars

India’s dependence on imported components for electric vehicles could make the country vulnerable to cyber-security breaches, according to the government’s chief policy think tank.

India should manufacture the majority of the parts needed for its electric vehicle fleet as equipment shipped from overseas could be compromised, VK Saraswat, a member of the think tank, Niti Aayog, said. All of the software and at least 55 per cent of the components need to be made domestically to keep electric vehicles and the grid secure.

“There has to be a push toward local manufacturing,” Mr Saraswat said.

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s administration said last year it aims to have mostly electric vehicles by 2030, in a country where about three million fossil fuel powered passenger vehicles sell annually. In an attempt to jump-start the nascent electric vehicle market, India recently conducted its first tender to buy 10,000 electric cars for government use that was won by Indian car makers Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra.

Some foreign automakers are also hoping to get into the new segment. Hyundai is poised to be the first global maker to introduce an electric vehicle in India next year, with plans to bring completely-knocked down kits from its factories at home in South Korea.

While China manufactures everything from a chip to a converter for its electric vehicles, Indian automakers use imported electronic equipment, Mr Saraswat said. More

By Bloomberg  https://www.thenational.ae