US bus manufacturer Gillig has announced that its Battery Electric Bus received a score of 89.5 out of 100, the highest recorded to date, in the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Bus Test Program, conducted by the Larson Transportation Institute’s Bus Research and Testing Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
The testing was introduced in 2016 to better inform buyers by offering unbiased standardized assessments of durability, safety and performance. It evaluates how well vehicles perform under conditions that simulate transit bus duty cycles. To be eligible for purchase with federal grant funding, buses must meet or exceed performance minimums in such areas as maintainability, reliability, safety, structural integrity, noise, fuel economy and emissions.
Gillig said its 40-foot Battery Electric Bus exceeded the previous record scores for both reliability and safety performance. Also, during more than 15,000 miles of testing, the bus was reported to require 15.2 repair hours of unscheduled maintenance compared to an average of 72.3 hours for all buses tested in Altoona over the last seven years.