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Chinese electric cars could remotely be stopped by Beijing to bring Britain’s roads to a standstill and steal drivers’ data, MPs have been warned. 

Sales of electric cars made by Chinese manufacturers have been rising and Beijing plans to expand its EVs to Europe. 

One of the best-sellers, BYD sold 526,409 fully electric vehicles, compared with 484,507 sold by Tesla, in last year’s final quarter.

However, concerns have been raised as Chinese electric cars could possibly be remotely controlled and even stopped by China

This could be an issue that is capitalised on if the UK’s relationship with the country declined, The Times reported.

How Chinese spies could bring Britain’s roads to a standstill: Warning over electric cars which could be remotely stopped by Beijing and steal drivers’ data – as experts warn EVs ‘could be a Trojan horse’

Sales of electric cars made by Chinese manufacturers have been rising and Beijing plans to expand its EVs to Europe. Pictured: Former Director of M16 Sir Richard Dearlove 

However, concerns have been raised as Chinese electric cars could possibly be remotely controlled and even stopped by China. Pictured: A BYD electric car

However, concerns have been raised as Chinese electric cars could possibly be remotely controlled and even stopped by China. Pictured: A BYD electric car

This could be an issue that is capitalised on if the UK's relationship with the country declined, The Times reported. Pictured: BYD electric car on the road in Thailand

This could be an issue that is capitalised on if the UK’s relationship with the country declined, The Times reported. Pictured: BYD electric car on the road in Thailand 

MPs have also been warned of the potential risk of drivers’ private being stolen. 

A former director of M16, Sir Richard Dearlove, told The Times: ‘The Chinese ban Tesla from their own sensitive areas and sites — they understand the problem, and they are putting us in a situation where it could be done to us.

‘If there was a severe deterioration [in the relationship] how would they behave, what would they do, would they exploit and would they cause a problem? They could bring roads to a grinding halt very, very quickly.’

The Institute of the Motor Industry informed the government of the risks electric vehicles pose in general – and how these are heightened by Chinese manufactured cars. 

Professor Jim Saker, the institute’s president, submitted the report to the parliamentary national security strategy committee.

The submission said:  ‘We know that at the moment connected vehicles can be stopped remotely. 

‘If this happened on a motorway at 70mph and the automatic braking system was applied to a vehicle the traffic would simply pile in the back. If this occurred at strategic points it could gridlock cities.

‘Chinese-connected EV’s flooding the country could be the most effective Trojan horse that the Chinese establishment has to impact the UK.’ 

Professor Saker also raised concerns that the Chinese manufactured electric cars could allow access to both personal and ‘big data’.

Last month, President Joe Biden announced that he was taking steps against Chinese electric vehicle companies to prevent them America due to security risks.

There are millions of electric cars in America, but Biden warned if China is allowed to flood the market, carmakers could easily track consumer data at a time when cars are constantly connected to our phones and navigation systems.

MPs have also been warned of the potential risk of drivers' private being stolen. Pictured: Michael Shu, Managing Director of BYD Europe, speaking at an event

MPs have also been warned of the potential risk of drivers’ private being stolen. Pictured: Michael Shu, Managing Director of BYD Europe, speaking at an event

A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy said it would never ask a company or individual to collect data against local laws. 

BYD previously denied it equips its trucks with technology that can be used to secretly spy on US citizens and provide data to the Chinese government.

Following allegations in 2020, BYD said in a statement that it ‘does not build buses that spy on Americans’ but builds buses that are ‘technologically superior to any other product on the market’.

‘BYD is driving innovation and partnering with many American start-up ventures in the battle against climate change,’ it told FreightWaves.

‘It is unfortunate that BYD’s competitors have chosen to use the legislative process to gain a competitive advantage in the market.’

MailOnline has contacted BYD for a comment. 



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