EV cables and batteries next big target for thieves, expert warns

Charging points, lithium-ion batteries and cables attractive to criminals

EV cables and batteries next big target for thieves, expert warns

Electric vehicles could soon be a targeted by thieves for their electric cables and EV batteries, a leading UK metal expert has warned.

Robin Edwards analyst at ONIS consulting works with the British Transport Police and the National Police Chiefs Council and has warned such parts could be worth a ”lot of money”.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he even warned a new black market for electric car batteries could become the next big area for officers.

He said: “To be honest there is probably going to be three [areas] to this.

“The EV charging points because they have a copper cable, so they are going to knick it for the copper cable.

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“Then you’ve got the lithium-ion batteries. I’m not saying they are worth anything scrap value but they seem to be attractive for people to do other things like store electricity.

“Another thing I’d say for example you’ve got a five-year-old electric car, the battery is coming to the end of its serviceable life.

“It will cost you about £4,000 to replace it and someone could offer you a low mileage one for £1,000 which just bolts on underneath, that’s another risk.

“But in the shorter term I think it is going to be the EV cables and additional car parts are going to be stripped and sold, because they are worth a lot of money.

“Some of it will be shipped overseas as well, the headlights and other parts are common overseas as well.”

The warnings come after a surge in catalytic converter crime as the price of precious metals found inside increased.

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    Electric vehicles could soon be a targeted by thieves for their electric cables and EV batteries, a leading UK metal expert has warned. Robin Edwards
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    Meat-Head
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    Utter fud. They dont ‘just bolt in’ because the fudding manufacturers
    Put controller and software for counter in them. Look on xtube or another
    Great channel about nissan leaf and need to knoble the controller.

    If someone nicks your battery in the street, your looking for two people with one crushed arm and with at least two hernias.

    As for charging cable they need to drop to £20 new (like caravan cables)
    Will make then less worth nicking. Or use aluminium cables instead

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    Andy
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    5 years usable life on an EV battery ??? I don’t think so…. try at least doubling that… most are designed to last the life of the car ? or what is deemend as the life of the car..
    £4,000 to replace an EV battery ?? again… try doubling that at least for anything with any reasonable range…
    Try quoting someone that knows a little more about the product and market…

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