Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV

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Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV
Bath hybrid double deck bus.JPG
Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV with First Somerset & Avon in Bath
Overview
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
Powertrain
Engine Vauxhall
Dimensions
Length 10.30 metres
Width 2.55 metres
Height 4.40 metres
Chronology
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The second bus was delivered to Dublin Bus of Ireland in late 2008.[7][8] It was withdrawn in early 2012 and sold to Ensignbus, where it caught fire in mid-2012 due to an electrical fault.[citation needed]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.

Replacement[edit]

The Pulsar Gemini HEV was superseded by the Gemini 2 HEV with chassis modules supplied by VDL.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV at Wikimedia Commons

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