ELDORADO NATIONAL Download PDF Report
Eldorado National, Kansas submitted a model 320 Aero Elite, diesel-
fueled, 34 seat/32-foot bus, for a 7yr/200,000 mile STURAA test. The Federal Transit Administration determined that the following tests would be performed: 4. Performance and 6. Fuel Economy. Testing started on December 10, 2001 and
was completed on January 11, 2002. 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 an additional 16 standing passengers resulting in a potential capacity of 50 persons. Gross load is calculated as 150 lb x 50 = 7,500 lbs. At full capacity, the measured gross vehicle weight is 23,110 lbs.
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 24.12 seconds.
A fuel Economy Test was run on simulated central business district, arterial, and commuter courses. The results were 4.92 mpg, 6.20 mpg, and 8.71 mpg respectively; with an overall average of 6.02 mpg.