2020-2783 Internship Powertrain Model Based Design - Virtual vehicle energy consumption vs customer real driving

Engineering and/or Technology
6 Jul, 2020 to 3 Jan, 2021
5 May, 2020

General information

6 months

Company general information:
TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE (TME) Head Office and R&D center are based near Brussels in Belgium. More than 2700 employees from more than 60 nationalities cover the entire European business of Toyota and Lexus, including R&D, product planning, quality, engineering and manufacturing operations in production plants across Europe. More than 1 million new vehicles are sold each year. TME focuses on sustainability and for Toyota, Quality is a way of life: nothing is so good that it cannot be made better, that’s why we strive for continuous improvement in everything we do.

Division information:
As part of TME R&D organization, the Powertrain Division is responsible for local development of powertrains for vehicles built in one of the TME production plants, and for planning and research of new European technologies. Latest focus points include electrification, big data and connectivity. The  Model  Based  Design  team  is  responsible  for  the  development  of  the  powertrain  system through simulation in order to improve it’s performance such as real life energy consumption.

Your project:
Increased use of hybrid vehicles brings new challenges in terms of energy management, since these have 2 energy sources (electricity & fuel) as well as thermal management requirements. Stringent regulations require efficient powertrains in every operation condition, incl customer real driving conditions). The aim is to develop methodologies that asses the vehicle’s energy consumption in a virtual environment representing the actual market condition and customer usage.
-Post process and investigate actual customer data retrieved from the market.
-Compare real life customer data with virtual (simulated) data, draw conclusions for improvements.
-Propose and implement improvements to the virtual platform (model, route, algorithm etc.).

Your profile:
• University student with at least 2 yrs of study already completed.
• You have a European EEA citizenship. (not requiring a visum to work in Belgium)
• You must be a student for the entire duration of the internship
• Open personality and able to work independently in a multi-cultural business environment
• Fluent in English  (reading, writing, speaking)
• Able to summarize and explain complex technical information in a clear and visual way

You have a Toyota DNA, this means you:
• wish to develop and are ready to persevere in order to reach challenging targets
• seek facts before making recommendations or decisions
• have strong planning and organizing skills
• enjoy working in a team, respecting others
• have excellent communication skills
• customer mindset

Place of employment: Belgium – 1930 Zaventem (Brussels area)
Starting date: July 2020
Duration: 6 months
Confidentiality: Some of the project content may have to be treated as confidential and therefore not shown explicitly in the internship report


Financial compensation
Transportation costs
Years of Experience required: 
English: Proficient User C1
Level of Studies: