ELDORADO NATIONAL Download PDF ReportEXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Eldorado National (Kansas), Inc. submitted a model Aero Elite Navistar, diesel-powered 34 seat (including the driver) 32-foot bus, for a partial STURAA test in the 7yr/200,000 mile category. The Federal Transit Administration determined that the following tests would be performed: 1.1 Accessibility of Components & Subsystems, 1.3 Removal & Replacement of Selected Subsystems, 4.1 Performance Test, 6. Fuel Economy Test, 7.1 Interior Noise Test, 7.2 External Noise Test and 8. Emissions Test. The odometer reading at the time of delivery was 1,260 miles. Testing started on November 10, 2015 and was completed on January 18, 2016. 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. Note:
this test bus is not designed to accommodate standing passengers therefore, standees were not
simulated in this test. The potential load for this test bus is 34 persons. At 150 lbs per person, this load results in a measured gross vehicle weight of 20,570 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.
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.
The performance of the bus is illustrated by a speed vs. time plot. Acceleration and gradeability
test data are provided in Section 4.0, Performance. The average time to obtain 50 mph was 24.82 seconds.
A Fuel Economy Test was run on simulated central business district, arterial, and commuter courses. The results were 5.01 mpg, 5.53 mpg, and 9.34 mpg respectively; with an overall average of 5.96 mpg.
A series of Interior and Exterior Noise Tests was 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.