Thesis Work – Investigate optimal usage of heat sources in an electric vehicle

The aim of this thesis work is to build knowledge about how heat sources are best used and combined to be harvested as heat sources by the heat pump for cabin heating.


Sista datum för anmälning: 2022-10-20

Företagsnamn: Volvo Cars

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Utbildningsnivå: Magister/Master

Utbildningsområde: Civilingenjörsutbildningar Maskinteknik

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!

Thermal efficiency is a newly created area within Volvo cars, working to create Volvo´s most energy efficienct cars through optimization of the thermal systems. We are a part of the department Sustainability Centre, and our goal is to reduce the environmental aspects caused by inefficiency of the thermal systems and at the same time maximize the range for all of Volvo´s electric cars.

This thesis work is a collaboration with the climate department, meaning you will have two supervisors. Your main team will however be at Thermal Efficiency.

There are a number of different heat sources in an electric vehicle, electric motors, inverters, high voltage battery and various control and computing units.

The aim of this thesis work is to build knowledge about how these heat sources are best used and combined to be harvested as heat sources by the heat pump for cabin heating.

The investigation will be conducted by performing combined 1D thermal and fluid dynamic simulations.

Your contribution is our future
We see that you have a background in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or other relevant area, and are at the end of finalizing your master´s degree. You have a structured approach and an interest in virtual development. Knowledge in Computational Fluid Dynamics and mathematical modeling is meritorious, and your English is fluent.

The work will start in Spring 2023, but the start date could be discussed. The duration for this thesis work is 20 weeks, giving 30 ECTS (academic credits) if in agreement with your Thesis Advisor at the University. This thesis is suitable for 1-2 people.

Be part of the change – apply today!
For questions about the position please contact Carl Norberg, Team manager Contamination and Thermal Efficiency,
or supervisor Emil Willeson at

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Paulina De Sousa Vieira at

We want your application at the latest 20th of October. Please note that applications via email will not be accepted. You apply by using this link:

We are Volvo Cars
Volvo Cars is a company on a mission to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future. Since 1927, we’ve known for our commitment to safety and for creating innovative cars that make life less complicated. In 2010, we decided to radically redefine our business, resulting in a totally new generation of cars and technology, as well as steady growth and record sales – and we’re only getting started. By 2025, we aim to have yearly sales of 1.2 million cars, 50% which will be electrical vehicles and sold directly to customers through digital channels. We also intend to strengthen our position as a modern, progressive employer committed to diversity and gender and racial equality. We believe in the power of people. Join us and be part of Volvo Cars’ transformation.

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