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
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

Arriva London

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

The second bus was delivered to Dublin Bus of Ireland in late 2008.[7][8] It was withdrawn in early 2012 and sold to Ensignbus, where it caught fire in mid-2012 due to an electrical fault.[citation needed]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

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The Pulsar Gemini HEV was superseded by the Gemini 2 HEV with chassis modules supplied by VDL.


  1. ^ Hybrid-double-decker bus unveiled BBC News 31 October 2006
  2. ^ Arriva trials world's first double decker hybrid bus Arriva 16 March 2007
  3. ^ Hybrid double-decker bus launched BBC News 16 March 2007
  4. ^ Competition hots up on hybrids Bus & Coach Professional 21 November 2008
  5. ^ Wrightbus double deck hybrid makes a big impression in Bath Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership 10 November 2010
  6. ^ Civitas case study: Hybrid bus is better for Bath Clean & Better Transport in Cities
  7. ^ New direction as first hybrid bus works cross-city The Herald 1 October 2008
  8. ^ Dublin Bus puts hybrid-electric vehicle into service for test period Irish Times 16 December 2008

External links

Media related to Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV at Wikimedia Commons

  • Wrightbus product description

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