Dark Knight Goes Green: The Hydrogen-Powered Batmobile


Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, aka the Dark Knight, is the world-renowned DC comics superhero who is notable for having no superpowers…but a lot of money. So if any superhero can make a hydrogen-powered supercar, it’s Batman.

This car was designed by a real-life superstar, Formula 1 race car designer Gordon Murray. Murray, who is also behind the hyper-exotic car brand McLaren, was drafted to design a 21st Batmobile for the “Batman Live” show taking place on stages across Europe. Batman Live is like a live-action Batman movie, and it now gas an awesome Batmobile to go along with it. The Batmobile that Murray has designed comes with plenty of Bad-gadgets that have a 21st century twist. For example the forward-mounted lasers and “virtual wheels” that would “lift” the Batmobile off of the ground using an electric field.

While compact laser weapons and hoverfields are still a ways into the future, the hydrogen fuel cell system is a reality in today’s world. Multiple manufacturers are testing hydrogen-powered vehicles, from Germany to Japan, so these vehicles do exist. The problem is, they aren’t affordable or practical yet.  However, money is no object for Batman’s alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, so he could easily affordable all the whiz-bang gadgets and the hydrogen fuel cell.

Beyond modern greeness, I really dig the torpedo-like look (obviously inspired by Murray’s forays into Formula 1) and toned-down “realness” of this Batmobile, at least compared to many previous iterations. So the Dark Knight goes green…does that mean Superman will be putting solar panels on the Fortress of Solitude next?

Source: Jalopnik | Batman Live

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.

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  • Average family car can be converted to run on hydrogen for a few
    hundred bucks. They have been running hydrogen cars in California for years.

    New hydrogen storage technologies are making hydrogen vehicles possible without the need for fuel cell intermediary.

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  • Grey –
    I think you’re thinking of those supplemental systems that feed hydrogen into the carb with the gas. Those can extend the range of your average vehicle, but there are no “average family” cars out there running on strictly hydrogen.
    The embrittlement factor alone makes the tanks ungodly wieldly and expensive.

  • And the Hydrogen kits that actually DO extend gas mileage do so by essentially reducing your horse power. We put one on a dyno to see and it was very obvious.

    It’s about the same effect as turning off a couple of cylinders in your V8 so it thinks it’s a V6. The downside is that you can’t make that extra “umph” kick back in when you need it and so you’re carrying around the weight of a V8 for nothing.