SOUL-E by Bonny Sunny, Adithyan

2020: Upcycle


Bonny Sunny, Adithyan

Ernakulam, India


Soul E the automobile for the future. the core principle of Soul E is the emotional connection with the Eman (Is the companion or the owner of Soul-E who will connect to Soul-E from his childhood till his death). the emotional connection is the feeling you have when something is more of an extension of the self than just being an owner of it.

Soul E is designed in such a way that the vehicle grows both physically and emotionally from eman’s cradle to eman’s grave and his/her memory and experience will transfer to the next generation through Epoch (the brain of the vehicle) and Soul-E will reborn for new eman of next-generation with grand eman’s memory and experience. Hence taking the relationship between man and machine to a new level

Who is your intended user?

Soul E is more than just a machine, it can become a part of humans of all kinds

What is the challenge that your repurposed design addresses?

The challenge that our repurposed design addresses is the human-machine relationship mentioned in neuron concept.

Why did you choose your donor entry or entries?

Brain-Machine interface mentioned in Neuron concept in city brief was the kickoff point for the project we saw a great opportunity to develop this relationship more meaningful by taking time as a vector.

The lightweight construction idea mentioned in the project vibe helped us to think about the new material approach for the project.

shape memory material mentioned viena concept also give us an idea about material opportunities. different postures for different riding mode was also a kickoff source for interpreting different ages of soul-e concept.

How does your upcycle design create enhanced societal, environmental, or economic value?

we believe the solution to global sustainability is to make humans more emotionally connected to the object he uses. use and throw culture has penetrated so deeply into our society. We tend to change gadgets, automobiles, and other things so frequently. But research says humans are closely attached to things that have life and emotion.

“Soul-E” is an automobile of the future that has an ability to grow and respond along with time also reproduce to have offspring for the next generation of has the potential to be more carbon-efficient than any other modes of transportation considering that the vehicle will evolve to the ever-changing individual needs with time and situation, the user need not buy new vehicles time to time which will contribute towards the environment by lesser landfill, lesser energy consumption, lesser material consumption. As the user need not spend on a new vehicle it would be an economic option of transportation. Societal benefits would be that this vehicle creates better-connected people and also it can be a common man’s vehicle.


Bonny Sunny – is a M.Des. Transportation Designer graduate from NID, India. having realized the power of design to create deep connection with human, Bonny wanted to design meaningful products that can create impact in the lives of people. his professional experience started as an intern and then as a Industrial designer in a design studio and moved on to start his own company called Mightyseed designs ( joining with another designer who is also his teammate for this contest

Adithyan – is B.E. Mechanical graduate, worked as a design engineer with companies ranging from start up’s to MNC’s. he is a design enthusiast from the early days of joining his graduation and decided to make a contribution to society through design. after a brief employment period of 5 years, he joined with bonny started their design entrepreneur journey.