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Thesis Work - Prediction of Energy Consumption for Battery Electric Vehicles

Thesis Worker at Volvo Cars

Welcome to explore the world of Volvo Cars by writing your thesis with us! As a thesis worker in our organization you are supported by a supervisor who follows you during your project. All thesis projects are arranged in business critical areas and therefore you will be able to contribute to our company purpose – providing freedom to move in a safe, sustainable and personal way – from day one! 



At Vehicle Energy and Motion Control, our purpose is to develop and deliver the most energy efficient and situation adopted ride and drive experience. Evaluating driver input, surrounding information (e.g. camera, radar and route data) and Autonomous Drive request, as well as vehicle state sensor input, our software (mainly inhouse developed) coordinates the different actuators (engine, motors, brakes, steering) to fulfill our purpose and balance vehicle attributes. 


There is currently a strong trend towards battery electric vehicles (BEVs) within the automotive industry in response to rising awareness of global warming and the poor air quality in many major cities. The main disadvantage of a BEV, compared to a conventional vehicle, is the limited driving range and the long re-charge times. To diminish the associated range-anxiety effect it is crucial to have a navigation system that considers vehicle energy consumption in order to facilitate intelligent trip planning, where charging stops can be inserted at appropriate places along the route if needed. 

In this master thesis, you will investigate how to predict the energy consumption of a BEV when a destination is set in the navigation system. The energy consumption for the route will be computed based on the available map data, using a pre-defined vehicle energy model (VEM) API developed jointly by Volvo Cars and Google. The primary task will be to investigate how to parameterize the VEM model, based on historical driving data, in such a way that the overall prediction error is minimized. The method used to parameterize the model can be based on: statistical methods, machine learning or optimization; depending on student background and research interests. 

· M.Sc. in Engineering physics, Electrical engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Mechatronics, or similar. 
· Good knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink and programming experience, e.g. C, C++, JAVA. 
· Courses with good grades in at least one of the following topics: optimization, statistics or machine learning. 
· Analytical and independent. 
· Have a resident permit in Sweden or be a citizen in an EU/Schengen member state. 
· Driver’s license (B) is a merit. 

· Your application should include a CV, cover letter and transcript of courses and grades 
· Selection will be ongoing during the application period. We want your application as soon as possible, but no later than 2020-11-29. Please note that due to GDPR, we can't accept applications via email.

· 20 weeks / 30 ECTS. 
· Starting date: January-February 2021 (Flexible). Estimated end date: Summer 2021 
· Number of students: 1 or 2 
· The work will be performed at the department of Vehicle Energy & Motion Control and the group of Energy Efficiency, Volvo Cars Corporation, Göteborg 
Contact Supervisor: Viktor Larsson, PhD, (viktor.larsson@volvocars.com) 
Manager: Ole-Fredrik Dunderberg (ole-fredrik.dunderberg@volvocars.com) 


Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 

Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Job requisition ID:  47343
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