Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV
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|Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV|
The first Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV, operated by First Somerset & Avon
|Assembly||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|Body and chassis|
|Doors||1 or 2 doors|
|Floor type||Low floor|
|Chassis||Based on VDL DB250|
The Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV is a hybrid double-decker bus built by Wrightbus. It is also the first hybrid double-decker in the UK. The bus is based on a VDL DB250 chassis, without the engine. Wrightbus have used a hybrid engine, using both diesel and battery combination.
The first vehicle was unveiled in Euro Bus Expo 2006 held in National Exhibition Centre, Solihull, then being delivered to Arriva London in 2007 for evaluation, as HEV1 (LJ07 ECE). In 2008, after working with Arriva London, this bus went on to work at East Thames Buses (TfL) Mandela Way garage for six months for more trials mainly on route 1. Starting from September 2010, LJ07 ECE worked with First Somerset & Avon with fleet number 39000.
The third one was delivered to London General and entered service in 2009. It left the fleet in early 2012. Its current whereabouts are unknown.
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/essex999/7356761072/ Ensignbus 501, PIJ501, later registered PIJ601, caught fire soon after its repaint