GLAVAL BUS/DIV. OF FOREST RIVER Download PDF Report
Glaval Bus/Div. of Forest River submitted a model 33’ Entourage, diesel-powered 34 seat (including the driver) 33-foot bus, built on a Ford F550 Super Duty chassis for a partial STURAA test in the 7yr/ 200,000 miles category. The Federal Transit Administration determined that the following tests would be performed: 6. Fuel Economy Test and 8. Emissions Test. The odometer reading at the time of delivery was 549 miles. Testing started on September 7, 2010 and was completed on November 2, 2010. The Check-In section of the report provides a description of the bus and specifies its major components.
The interior of the bus is configured with seating for 34 passengers including the driver. Free floor space will accommodate 16 standing passengers resulting in a potential load of 50 persons. At 150 lbs per person, this load results in a measured gross vehicle weight of 20,540 lbs. Note: at gross vehicle load the test bus is within the GAWR’s but is 1,040 lbs over the GVWR.
Effective January 1, 2010 the Federal Transit Administration determined that the total number of simulated passengers used for loading all test vehicles will be based on the full complement of seats and free-floor space available for standing passengers (150 lbs per passenger). The passenger loading used for dynamic testing will not be reduced in order to comply with Gross Axle Weight Ratings (GAWR’s) or the Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR’s) declared by the manufacturer. Cases where the loading exceeds the GAWR and/or the GVWR will be noted accordingly. During the testing program, all test vehicles transported or operated over public roadways will be loaded to comply with the GAWR and GVWR specified by the manufacturer.
A Fuel Economy Test was run on simulated central business district, arterial, and commuter courses. The results were 6.58 mpg, 6.69 mpg, and 11.53 mpg respectively; with an overall average of 7.54 mpg.