Passport HD

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                EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


Eldorado National-California, Inc. submitted a model Passport HD, diesel- powered 44 seat
(including the driver) 35-foot bus, for a 10 yr/350,000 mile STURAA test. The odometer reading at
the time of delivery was 7,622 miles. Testing started on November 22, 2011 and was completed on
August 31, 2012. The Check-In section of the report provides a description of the bus and
specifies its major components.

The primary part of the test program is the Structural Durability Test, which also provides the
information for the Maintainability and Reliability results. The Structural Durability Test was
started on December 5, 2011 and was completed on June 27, 2012.

The interior of the bus is configured with seating for 32 passengers including the driver.   Free
floor space will accommodate 12 standing passengers resulting in a potential load of 44 persons.  
At 150 lbs per person, this load results in a measured gross vehicle weight of 27,290 lbs. The
first segment of the Structural Durability Test was performed with the bus loaded to a GVW of
27,290 lbs. The middle segment was performed at a seated load weight of 25,530 lbs and the final
segment was performed at a curb weight of 20,530 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.

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 ten
reported failures, eight were Class 3 and two were Class 4.

The Safety Test, (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 31.34 seconds. The Stopping Distance phase of the Brake Test was completed with
the following results; for the Uniform High Friction Test average stopping distances were 27.50’ at
20 mph, 55.31’ at 30 mph, 93.51’ at 40 mph and 122.84’ at 45 mph. The average stopping distance for the
Uniform Low Friction Test was 27.76’.  There was no deviation from the test lane during the performance of
the Stopping Distance phase.  During the Stability phase of Brake Testing the test bus experienced no deviation from the test
lane. The Parking Brake phase was completed with the test bus maintaining the parked position for
the full five minute period with no slip or roll observed in both the uphill and downhill
positions.

The Shakedown Test produced a maximum final loaded deflection of 0.288 inches with a
permanent set ranging between -0.003 to 0.004 inches under a distributed static load of 15,450 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
24,636 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 5.3 inches.

A Fuel Economy Test was run on simulated central business district, arterial, and commuter courses.
The results were 3.90 mpg, 4.29 mpg, and 9.30 mpg respectively; with an overall average of 4.74
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.


Number: 1119
Model: Passport HD
Manufacturer: ELDORADO NATIONAL
Vin Number: SWEASSKN0BJ386822