Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV

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Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV
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Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV with First Somerset & Avon in Bath
Manufacturer Wrightbus
Production 2006
Assembly Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Body and chassis
Doors 1 or 2
Floor type Low floor
Chassis VDL DB250
Related Wright Pulsar Gemini
Engine Vauxhall
Length 10.30 metres
Width 2.55 metres
Height 4.40 metres
Successor Wright Gemini 2 HEV

The Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV was a hybrid double-decker bus manufactured by Wrightbus. It was the first hybrid double-decker in the United Kingdom. It was based on a VDL DB250 chassis, without the engine a diesel and battery combination hybrid engine being used.

Initial users[edit]

Arriva London[edit]

The first vehicle was unveiled by Mayor of London Ken Livingstone in October 2006.[1] After being exhibited at the Euro Bus Expo at the National Exhibition Centre, in March 2007 it entered service with Arriva London on route 141 for evaluation.[2][3][4]

In 2008 it moved to East Thames Buses' Mandela Way garage for six months, mainly being used on route 1. From August 2010 until February 2012, it operated for First Somerset & Avon in Bath after having its centre door removed.[5][6]

Dublin Bus[edit]

The second bus was delivered to Dublin Bus of Ireland in late 2008.[7][8] It was withdrawn in early 2012 and sold to Ensignbus, where it caught fire in mid-2012 due to an electrical fault.[citation needed]

London General[edit]

The third bus was delivered to London General and entered service in 2009. It left the fleet in early 2012. Its current whereabouts are unknown.


The Pulsar Gemini HEV was superseded by the Gemini 2 HEV with chassis modules supplied by VDL.


External links[edit]

Media related to Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV at Wikimedia Commons

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