Q-BUS

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Blue Bird Corporation submitted a model Q-Bus, CNG powered 29 seat bus, for Partial STURAA testing in the 10 yr/350,000 mile category.  The Federal Transit Administration determined that the following tests would be performed: 1.3 Replacement and/or Repair of Selected Subsystems, 3. Safety, 4. Performance, and 6. Fuel Economy.  The Check-In section of the report provides a description of the bus and specifies its major components.

 Accessibility, in general, was adequate, components covered in Section 1.3 (Repair and/or Replacement of Selected Subsystems) were found to be readily accessible and no restrictions were noted.            

 A Double-Lane Change (obstacle avoidance) Test was safely performed in both right-hand and left-hand directions up to a maximum test speed of 45 mph.  The performance of the bus is illustrated by a speed vs. time plot.  Acceleration and Gradeability Test data are provided in Section 4, Performance.  The average time to obtain 50 mph was 29.02 seconds.

 A Fuel Economy Test was run on simulated central business district, arterial, and commuter courses.  The results were 0.73 m/lb, 0.94 m/lb and 1.52 m/lb respectively; with an overall average of .092 m/lb.

Number: 2019-P
Model: Q-BUS
Manufacturer: BLUE BIRD CORPORATION
Vin Number: 1BAGEBNA21F097112