Double K, Inc. dba Hometown Trolley Download PDF Report
Double K Inc. dba Hometown Trolley submitted a model Villager, propane-powered 27 seat (including the driver) 27-foot bus, for a Partial STURAA test in the 7 yr./200,000 mile category. The Federal Transit Administration determined that the following tests would be performed: 4.1 Performance, 5.2 Structural Distortion, 6. Fuel Economy, 7.1 Interior Noise Tests, 7.2 Exterior Noise Tests and 8. Emissions. Testing started on January 19, 2015 and was completed on March 12, 2015. 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 27 passengers including the driver. This test vehicle is not designed to accommodate standing passengers. At 150 lbs. per person, this load results in a measured gross vehicle weight of 4,050 lbs.
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.
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 19.06 seconds. Top speed obtained on the dynamometer was 75 mph.
The Distortion Test was completed with all subsystems, doors and escape mechanisms operating properly. Water leakage was observed throughout the test at all 7 removable windows. All subsystems operated properly.
A Fuel Economy Test was run on simulated central business district, arterial, and commuter courses. The results were 4.48 mpg, 4.84 mpg, and 7.69 mpg respectively; with an overall average of 5.21 mpg.
A series of Interior and Exterior Noise Tests were performed. These data are listed in Section 7.1 and 7.2 respectively.
The Emissions Test was performed. These results are available in Section 8 of this report.