Internship | Support in the development of smart features for E-bikes

Are you interested in contributing to a more sustainable future? In the powertrains department, we work to develop modern means of transport such that they meet strict gas regulations and contribute to a greener future.



Education type

higher professional education (hbo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Urban mobility can take many forms. For many in the Netherlands two-wheeled transport is preferred, particularly for young people. For both companies distributing goods or products (e.g. couriers, pizza delivery) as well as private owners, reliability of the means of transport is an important factor.

Scooters offer fast transport around urban environments. Conventionally powered scooters often have a high noise level, (and often are illegally modified increasing the noise level further) and their close proximity to other road users often exposes citizens to high pollution levels. Electric scooters offer improvements in both emissions and noise, but need to be convincingly reliable. One key aspect of reliability is the prediction of the remaining range, (linked to energy consumption, and battery state) – and unlike conventional scooters, the relationship between the state of the battery and the energy use is not simple. There is therefore a need for improved range prediction for this type of vehicle.

Instead of including a connected computational platform, it is interesting consider to extend the functionalities of personal smartphones, to couple and pull out relevant information about the scooter, as well (where suitable) about the journey ahead.

You will focus on the development of monitoring and real-time computation (either on-board or off-board) to determine the energy consumption and range of the scooter. The collection of data, algorithm, and computation device will be developed by you, to realize a machine-learning approach to prediction.
  • The development will use a TNO scooter (available throughout), and suggested platforms are Arduino and android* (for which there exist a range of online support options and guides).

What do we require of you?

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, for example automotive engineering, electrical engineering.
  • You are coursing a master in a relevant field, for example automotive engineering, embedded systems, electrical engineering.
  • You are familiar with communications made via CAN protocol.
  • You have broad experience in Matlab/Simulink.
  • You enjoy developing practical solutions to technically challenging problems and have the right mix of intellectual curiosity and pragmatism.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. 

You will work together with a team of enthusiastic scientists on a relevant topic in the automotive industry. You will have the opportunity of using some of industrial automotive related tools. The results will be used in a large European project in which we collaborate with key partners in the automotive field, including several OEMs.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Róbinson Medina Sánchez
Phone number: +31 (0)6-116 63551

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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