Wright Gemini 2
The Wright Gemini 2 was a double-decker bus built by Wrightbus between 2007 and 2013. It was announced in December 2007 but was not named until 2008. It was constructed as a semi-integral vehicle, with VDL DB300 chassis modules. The bodywork utilised some lighter materials so that the vehicle was lighter than the Eclipse Gemini and Pulsar Gemini bodied buses. It was available in two versions; the Gemini 2 DL diesel-powered version, and the Gemini 2 HEV diesel-electric hybrid version.
|Wright Gemini 2|
|Production||2007 - 2013|
|Assembly||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|Body and chassis|
|Doors||1 or 2|
|Floor type||Low floor|
|Engine||Gemini 2 DL:|
Cummins ISBe 6-cylinder
Gemini 2 HEV:
|Transmission||Gemini 2 DL:|
Voith / ZF Friedrichshafen
|Height||4.23 or 4.40 metres|
|Predecessor||Wright Pulsar Gemini|
Wright Pulsar Gemini HEV
The Gemini 2 was launched in 2007 as the replacement for the Pulsar Gemini and one-off Pulsar Gemini HEV. It was semi-integral, being based on the updated VDL DB300 chassis. The first two were produced with identical bodywork to the original Pulsar Gemini, however, on subsequent production models, the front and rear ends of the body were facelifted to match the Volvo based Eclipse Gemini 2. It was unveiled ar the Euro Bus Expo 2008 at the National Exhibition Centre in November 2008, with a First London Gemini 2 HEV appearing at the show.
Gemini 2 DLEdit
The Gemini 2 DL was offered with Cummins ISBe 6-cylinder engines with Voith or ZF Friedrichshafen gearboxes. A total of 462 Gemini 2 DLs were built between 2007 and 2013, mainly for Arriva, including 322 for its Arriva London subsidiary. First London and London General were the only other customers, taking four and one respectively. A low height version with a flat roof was introduced in 2009 with Arriva North East and Arriva Yorkshire the first customers.
Gemini 2 HEVEdit
Ten Gemini 2 HEVs were built, Arriva London and First London each purchased five for use on routes 141 and 328. Arriva's being sold to Ensignbus and later to Crosville Motor Services for use as open top buses in Weston-super-Mare while First's were transferred to First West of England and First York.
In 2014, the Gemini 2 was superseded by the StreetDeck.
- New integrated Wright double-deck Bus & Coach Professional 13 December 2007
- Progressive partnership paves path to whole vehicle type approval Intelligent Transport 3 November 2010
- Wright Gemini 2 Bus Lists on the Web
- Low-height integral bus from Wrightbus Bus & Coach Professional 14 October 2009
- Navarro, Xavier. "A hybrid bus that cuts fuel consumption in half". Autoblog. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- Competition hots up on hybrids Bus & Coach Professional 21 November 2008
- New hybrid buses unveiled for London fleet Transport for London 2 December 2008
- "Crosville axes two Weston town services" Buses issue 745 April 2017 page 9
- Wrightbus leading the hybrid electric way in London Wrightbus 2 October 2008
- Gemini 2 - Wrightbus points the way to the future of double deckers Wrightbus 4 November 2008
- Buses issue 645 December 2008