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Largest fleet of electric buses in Europe

At VDL Enabling Transport Solutions (VDL ETS) we are hard at work designing and developing electric buses. This includes the manufacture and implementation of batteries, drivelines, auxiliaries, charging systems, dashboards, climate control systems, connectivity and HV components. The first prototype was built from an existing diesel bus from VDL Bus & Coach, which was subsequently converted to an e-mobility vehicle with full system integration. This bus served as the basis for the test activities that ultimately led to the Connexxion Eindhoven vehicle, for which VDL won an order for 43 electric buses to be used in the Brainport Eindhoven region. These electric buses went into service in late 2016. With that roll-out, VDL delivered the largest fleet of electric public transport buses in Europe to date. In the meantime, these buses have evolved further and 100 more will be put into service in the Amsterdam region (Schiphol, Amsteland-Meerlanden concession) from 1 April 2018.


Project specifications
Customer: Connexxion 
Software: CoDeSys, LogiCAD, CGI Studio, MATLAB/Simulink, JavaScript

Role of the software engineer 
The software engineers have achieved full system integration of the vehicle components in the vehicle controller (powertrain, load functionality, battery management system) and integration of the climate control, door and other body-related functions into the body controller. Additionally, vehicle-to-cloud connectivity has been implemented through connectivity hardware and software (including a browser-based user interface for fleet management) and a freely programmable instrument cluster has been built based on a VDL user interface design.

Your future challenges as a software engineer
Expanding and developing various energy modelling activities, including dynamic control of the vehicle, remote diagnostic capabilities, remote flashing of firmware in components, predictive maintenance algorithms and new hardware components.

VDL Enabling Transport Solutions
Would you like to work on the technology of the future? Do you like to think outside the box? And can you make connections between mechanical solutions and production and test environments? At VDL ETS we are a team of around 40 colleagues working on the development of new innovative transport solutions. We research, develop and test new technologies, mainly for transport-related activities of VDL companies. These range from electric driving (e-mobility), autonomous driving, energy storage, battery technology and charging infrastructure to guidance and navigation technology. Interested in these areas? Then VDL ETS could be perfect for you. We offer you a dynamic working environment with challenging problems in electronics, mechanics, mechatronics and IT. You work as part of a multidisciplinary team, with plenty of room to contribute new ideas. The high level of autonomy and responsibility you are given in your position means you have every opportunity to demonstrate your results-oriented approach. Will you join us in tackling these challenges?