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This article was published on February 18, 2022

Yes, you can actually buy this badass electric Batmobile

Meet the Green Knight


Yes, you can actually buy this badass electric Batmobile
Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
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Ioanna Lykiardopoulou

Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives. Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives.

Good news, Batman lovers! A fully functional Batmobile replica exists — and you can even drive it outside of Gotham City. 

Led by architect and artist Nguyen Dac Chung, the Vietnam-based Macro Studios used blueprints from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy to faithfully recreate the movie’s Tumbler vehicle

The result? A replica that’s the spitting image of Batman’s iconic beast. But that’s not all, it also comes with an eco-friendly twist: it’s electric.

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Without further ado, I present to you the Dark Green Knight:

electric Batmobile
Image: Van Daryl

And to get a full picture, here are both the Tumbler and the e-Tumbler: 

electric Batmobile
Spot the difference! (Answer: the original is on the left, and the replica is on the right.)

Weighing just 600kg, the electric Tumbler features the same tubular steel chassis as the original, but replaces its bulky metal bodywork with lightweight panels made of ABS plastic, carbon fiber, and composite. 

This makes the EV nearly four times lighter than its 2,268-kilo on-screen twin, which, in turn, helps with acceleration.

electric Batmobile
Image: Van Daryl

Speaking of speed, the 500hp 5.7-liter V-8 found in Batman’s original Tumbler has given way to an electric powertrain and a pair of lithium-ion batteries that should allow the car to reach a rather unimpressive 65mph. 

There’s no info on the range yet, but I hope to God it’ll be enough to outrun the Joker and the Scarecrow.

electric Batmobile
Image: Van Daryl

The electric six-wheeler also comes with automatic sliding doors, four safety cameras, and monitors. 

electric Batmobile
Image: Van Daryl

Plus, you can bring a passenger along. Think of them as a sidekick, your very own Robin.

electric Batmobile
Image: Van Daryl

On the downside, the car doesn’t have an Attack Mode capability, nor the machine guns and the rocket launcher of the original. But, come on, people, it’s an actual e-Batmobile and THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS. 

The prototype is currently on display at the Van Daryl automotive gallery in Ho Chi Minh City. And yes, pre-orders are live.

There’s no word on the price yet, but I imagine I’d need to sell some organs to be able to buy it. 

Until that happens, at least I can find some comfort with this teaser:

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