SOL.E a sustainable single-seat vehicle


Serge Halytsky
News Reporter

Humber Industrial Design graduate Adam Carvalho won a plane ticket to Prague to show off his thesis project, a model vehicle made of 100 per cent reusable and biodegradable materials.

Each year, auto industry brands like Jaguar, Ferrari, Volvo and Skoda meet at the annual Auto Design Prague conference to talk about what they do and the future of auto industry.

Carvalho and just 30 other new graduates from around the world were selected to participate in the design exposition showcasing their final projects.

His project is called SOL.E, which stands for one or single.

“It is a single-seat vehicle designed for the future of transportation,” Carvalho said.

SOL.E gives drivers an alternative from conventional vehicles. Carvalho’s model is extremely lightweight, which reduces emissions.

“Being a part of it was quite an experience,” Carvalho said. “Internationally, about 1,000 of students graduate in industrial design programs around the world, 100 in Coventry, England, alone. To be picked up out of all graduates internationally was amazing,” he said.

Although he didn’t win, he did mingle with some of the most important auto designers.

Carvalho said it was exciting because he and other design graduates had a chance to showcase their work, talk about their design, and also talk to industry professionals.

Although the Prague conference was a tremendous achievement for Carvalho, it’s not his first one.

He already won two design competitions as a Humber student.

At the Humber Business Show in April, Carvalho’s thesis, the model prototype that was showcased in Prague, was represented in two-dimension design sketches, a 3D model, and a full-size model that was chosen for first place.

At May’s Rocket Show, hosted by Associated Charter of Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO), Carvalho’s project was selected as a winner in the transportation category.

Patrick Burke, Carvalho’s teacher at Humber, said the ACIDO Rocket show is a competition between the three schools — Humber College, OCAD University and Carlton University — that teach industrial design in Ontario.

“Adam always had a keen interest in automobiles and design,” Burke said.

Carvalho now works for Christie Digital Systems as an industrial designer. He said he is thankful to Humber for giving him needed tools.