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Wrightbus double deck hybrid makes a big impression in Bath

Wed 10 November 2010 | Back to news list

Introduced by First Bristol, Somerset and Avon in Bath as part of the European CIVITAS Renaissance Initiative in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council, the hybrid powered Integral Double Deck bus developed by the Wright Group is the first vehicle of its type to enter service in the South West.

Part of the modular Gemini 2 product family that is also available in diesel (DL) form, the HEV Double Deck is an exceptionally environmentally-friendly vehicle, powered by just a 1.9 litre Turbo Diesel GM engine and a Siemens ELFA® hybrid drivetrain. Its 37kWh Valence Lithium Ion batteries offer advanced energy storage for power captured by the vehicle’s regenerative braking system, a feature much in evidence thanks to hilly terrain in and around the famous Roman city.

With the huge capacity of the integrated battery system continually being recharged, once the bus reaches the town centre it can run almost entirely off battery power, meaning that the diesel engine is hardly being used and therefore fuel emissions are cut to an absolute minimum. This not only meets the emissions requirements for city centres that have been set out by the European CIVITAS Renaissance Initiative, but also provides passengers and driver alike with a smoother and quieter ride.

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