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Goshen Coach Inc. submitted a model G-Force F550 CNG, CNG-powered 40 seat/33-foot bus, for a 7 yr/200,000 mile STURAA test. The odometer reading at the time of delivery was 899 miles. Testing started on July 28, 2011 and was completed on March 28, 2012. 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 25 passengers including the driver plus 2 wheelchair positions. Free floor space will accommodate 15 standing passengers resulting in a potential load of 40 persons plus 2 wheelchair positions. At 150 lbs per person and 600 lbs per wheelchair position, this load results in a measured gross vehicle weight of 20,610 lbs. The first segment of the Structural Durability Test was performed with the bus loaded to a GVW of 20,610 lbs. Note: at Gross Vehicle Load (GVL) the weight of the rear axle is 2,090 lbs over the rear GAWR and 1,110 lbs over the GVWR. The middle segment was performed at a seated load weight of 18,400 lbs and the final segment was performed at a curb weight of 12,790 lbs. Durability driving resulted in unscheduled maintenance and failures that involved a variety of subsystems. A description of failures and a complete and detailed listing of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance is provided in the Maintainability section of this report.
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.
Accessibility, in general, was adequate, components covered in Section 1.3 (Repair and/or Replacement of Selected Subsystems) along with all other components encountered during testing, were found to be readily accessible and no restrictions were noted. Note: the add-on A/C compressor must be removed to access the alternator.
The Reliability section compiles failures that occurred during Structural Durability Testing. Breakdowns are classified according to subsystems. The data in this section are arranged so that those subsystems with more frequent problems are apparent. The problems are also listed by class as defined in Section 2. The test bus encountered no Class 1 or Class 2 failures. Of the 10 reported failures, 7 were Class 3 and 3 were Class 4.
The Shakedown Test produced a maximum final loaded deflection of 0.305 inches with a permanent set ranging between -0.004 to 0.005 inches under a distributed static load of 16,200 lbs. The Distortion Test was completed with all subsystems, doors and escape mechanisms operating properly. No water leakage was observed throughout the test. All subsystems operated properly.
The Static Towing Test was performed using a target load (towing force) of 15,348 lbs. All four front pulls were completed to the full test load with no damage or deformation observed. The Dynamic Towing Test was performed by means of a front-lift tow. The towing interface was accomplished using a hydraulic under-lift wrecker. The bus was towed without incident and no damage resulted from the test. The manufacturer does not recommend towing the bus from the rear; therefore, a rear test was not performed. The Jacking and Hoisting Tests were also performed without incident. The bus was found to be stable on the jack stands, and the minimum jacking clearance observed with a tire deflated was 6.4 inches.
A series of Interior and Exterior Noise Tests was performed.These data are listed in Section 7.1 and 7.2 respectively. Emissions data is available in Section 8.