Wright Pulsar

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Wright Pulsar
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Arriva Buses Wales Wright Pulsar bodied VDL SB200 in Llandudno in May 2013
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Arriva Southern Counties Wright Pulsar 2 interior
Overview
Manufacturer Wrightbus
Production 2006 - 2014
Assembly Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Body and chassis
Doors 1 or 2
Floor type Low floor
Low entry
Chassis VDL SB200
Related Wright Pulsar Gemini
Powertrain
Engine Cummins ISBe
Hydrogen fuel cell
Dimensions
Length 11.90 metres
Width 2.50 metres
Height 3.00 metres
Chronology
Predecessor Wright Commander

The Wright Pulsar is a single-decker bus body that Wrightbus built on the VDL SB200 single-decker bus chassis between 2006 and 2014.

A total of 639 Pulsars were built. Arriva was the main customer, with large numbers entering service at its Kent Thameside, North West, Midlands and Yorkshire divisions. First London bought eight hydrogen-powered Pulsars. A number of independent operators also bought Pulsars. Wright built a double-decker version of the Pulsar, the Pulsar Gemini.

First generation (2006–2013)

First London Wright Pulsar 2 hydrogen-powered bodied VDL SB200 at Covent Garden in January 2011

Wright launched the Pulsar at the 2006 Euro Bus Expo as the replacement for the Commander. It was also intended to replace the VDL SB120 based Cadet midibus, but no shorter Pulsars were built. Of the 114 built, all but seven entered service with Arriva.[1]

First London bought eight hydrogen-powered Pulsar bodied VDL SB200s for use on route RV1 between 2010 and 2013. The hydrogen fuel pods cover the whole length of the bus roof.[2]

Second generation (2009–2014)

Arriva North West Wright Pulsar 2 in Liverpool in April 2013

In 2009 Wright launched the second generation Pulsar, called the Pulsar 2. The Pulsar 2 has facelifted front and rear ends to match the new Eclipse 2.

The first examples were delivered to Arriva's North East and North West divisions in 2009. Of the 525 built, Arriva bought 462. The final two Pulsar 2s were delivered to Claribels Coaches of Birmingham in April 2014.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Wright - Pulsar - 114 records". Bus Lists on the Web.
  2. ^ "Mayor of London unveils hydrogen bus fleet for the Capital". Transport for London. 10 December 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Wright - Pulsar 2 - 525 records". Bus Lists on the Web.

External links

Media related to Wright Pulsar at Wikimedia Commons

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