Course paper / final thesis

Transition of Urban Mobility Concepts

Starting date


Duration of contract

6 months


according to german TVöD 5

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

Your mission:

The DLR Institute of Vehicle Concepts researches, develops and evaluates new vehicle concepts and technologies in light of future demands on the transportation system.

The Institute of Vehicle Concepts] in Stuttgart offers a Master's Thesis: Transition of urban mobility concepts – evaluation of chances and obstacles for market success and application of Small Electric Vehicles (SEV) in urban surrounding shall be evaluated by answering the following research questions:

  • How well informed are consumers about SEV models, technical and regulatory issues for owning/using a SEV (taxation, drivers licence, etc.)?
  • What is the background and motivation behind a decision to purchase a small electric vehicle (e.g. Renault Twizy)? What are main hindering reasons not to purchase an SEV?
  • Do consumers consider traffic restrictions in urban areas as probable to come and how do they influence purchase decisions?
  • Which kind of financial or regulatory incentives (e.g. infrastructure, free or dedicated parking) enhance the attractiveness of SEV from the consumers point of view?

Extent of the analysis:

  • vehicle type: three- and four-wheel small electric vehicles (L-category and beyond)
  • research area: worldwide with focus on Europe, USA and Asia (China, Japan, Korea)
  • period considered: present status and scenarios until 2030


  • research and analysis of existing studies regarding use of SEV and incentive measures for SEV
  • research and analysis of policy and legal trends concerning traffic induced problems in metropolises (air quality, congestion, greenhouse gas emission). Overview of adopted and planned actions.
  • identification of driving forces and opposing interests regarding a higher market share of SEV (manufacturers, car dealers, institutions, municipalities, environmental and conservation organisations, etc.)
  • survey on buyer decisions related to SEV and preferences regarding shared vehicles (assessment of importance and estimated fulfilment of requirements like safety, flexibility, costs, environmental aspects, image, driving pleasure, innovative spirit, etc.)

Your qualifications:

  • course of study: political science, transport science, transport engineering, geography, or similar
  • very good English skills
  • experience in preparing and conducting a survey preferable
  • interest in innovative/transformative mobility concepts

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. We are striving to increase the proportion of female employees and therefore particularly welcome applications from women. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

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Mascha Brost
Institute of Vehicle Concepts

Phone: +49 711 6862-212

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