TOD (Transit-Oriented Development) standard

The TOD (Transit-Oriented Development) Standard outlines a comprehensive framework comprising TOD principles, objectives, and metrics that define complete and inclusive urban environments for everyone.

The Eight Principles of TOD are WALK, CYCLE, CONNECT, TRANSIT, MIX, DENSIFY, COMPACT, and SHIFT. They illustrate the relationship between transport and land use. These principles form the Framework for the TOD Standard, a universal tool that can be used to evaluate and plan neighborhoods. In the TOD Standard, each principle is further defined with performance objectives and metrics to explain what it means to achieve these principles and how to do so.

Lion Electric receives order for 1,000 electric school buses in Canada


electric school bus

Canadian-based manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles Lion Electric Company has received an order for 1,000 electric school buses, which will replace diesel buses from early next year.

The order from Student Transportation of Canada, which is going to access the government’s Zero Emission Transit Fund, would make it the largest operator of zero-emission school buses in North America.

One-in-four new car sales in Europe are plug in electric vehicles

Sept 24, 2021 – The Driven – Sophie Vorrath

The data, published monthly in the European Electric Car Report by Schmidt Autotmotive Research shows that the 18 market West European region saw combined BEV/PHEV volumes reach 152,000 units in August, or 24.2 per cent of the total new passenger car market in that month – that’s one in four new cars, for those playing at home.

I Feel Like a Celebrity When I Ride My Electric Cargo Bike

By Katherine Martinko Fact checked by Haley Maston

Sept 7, 2021 – Treehugger

Katherine's e-bike at the beach

I feel like a celebrity when I ride my electric cargo bike around my small, rural, touristy town in southwestern Ontario, Canada. People gape at intersections, roll down car windows, give thumbs up, and wave enthusiastically with big grins on their faces.  – more

Vehicle-to-Building/Grid Integration

Aug 3, 2021 – Ontario Clean Air Alliance submission to the IESO
Prepared by Kent Elson


  1. EV batteries with bi-directional chargers are cheaper than gas plants for peak power
  2. EVs are an enormous opportunity to lower electricity rates & carbon emissions
  3. By 2030, EVs will have more than twice the capacity of Ontario’s gas plants
  4. When all cars are electric, their gross discharge capacity (GW) will be more than 6 times Ontario’s total peak demand
  5. Technical barriers to bi-directional charging have largely disappeared (with more bidirectional-capable cars and chargers and million+ mile batteries)
  6. This is urgent – it is cheaper to incentivize bi-directional charging now before
    millions of “dumb” and “one-directional” chargers are purchased

Nova Scotia to get first electric ferry in $3.3-million electrified transport and net-zero passenger terminal initiative
Halifax transit ferry

June 22, 2021 – As part of the Rapid Transit Strategy, Halifax will also be electrifying part of their current bus fleet with a long term goal of electrifying over 200 buses by 2028. Both initiatives are responses to meeting the province’s 2030 emissions targets. 

City of Brampton orders electric fire truck, in Ontario first
Rosenbauer RT Firetruck

June 21, 2021 – The City of Brampton announced on Wednesday that it will become the first municipality in Ontario to deploy an electric fire truck. In a unanimous decision, city council approved the decision to purchase a Rosenbauer RT to replace a front-line pumper.

Sudbury buys four Tesla Model 3s for non-emergency EMS calls

April 22, 2021 – Electric Autonomy

The City of Sudbury is incorporating fully electric vehicles into its community paramedic fleet, building on its leadership in municipal vehicle electrification. by Emma Jarratt

Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

By Christian Brand, originally published by The Conversation March 30, 2021


Globally, only one in 50 new cars were fully electric in 2020, and one in 14 in the UK. Sounds impressive, but even if all new cars were electric now, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s fossil fuel car fleet.

Why My Next Vehicle Will Be Electric

By Stephen Leahy @StephenLeahy  – -March 6, 2021

EVs are far less complex, with just 20 parts in their drive train compared to  2,000 parts in gasoline-powered car. They don’t have multi-speed transmissions, radiators, fuel injectors, gas tanks, valve trains, exhaust systems, etc.

Family celebrates 200,000km milestone in Nissan Leaf – and no petrol bills


This is pretty much a Nissan ad, but it is a great story – Len

“I realised I really wanted to make that transition to electric,” he says. “We were the first one registered in the state of Florida and it’s been such a great car we kept it with us for the last 10 years.

Canada: Lion Electric Receives Order For 60 Electric School Buses
Mark Kane

By: Mark Kane

The electrification of school buses accelerates.

Lion Electric announced the largest single order for all-electric LionC school buses, placed by Autobus Groupe Séguin from Laval, Quebec, Canada.

In total, 60 Lion C will be delivered over five years (through 2026), including the first 10 this year.

If you wonder what LionC electric buses look like, here is a fresh presentation from California, where the Twin Rivers Unified School District has recently received an additional 10 LionC (for a total of 40 electric school buses).

A New Year, a New Transportation Service For Muskoka!

The Rural and Community Connection transportation service connects communities east and west across the District, while also providing passengers connections to other transportation services within and beyond Muskoka.

Starting on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021, the service will operate on two routes. The connections between the Tuesday route, the Thursday route, the Corridor 11 Bus, and connections made to the Simcoe County LINX., a schedule and more on the District of Muskoka web site.

German EV Market Reaches Escape Velocity — Record 27% Share In December

CleanTechnica logo

January 8th, 2021 by Dr. Maximilian Holland – Germany, Europe’s largest auto market and the 4th largest in the world, achieved 26.6% plugin electric vehicle share in December. This is a stunning ascent from the 4.0% share seen in December 2019…  2020’s plugin vehicle sales grew over 2019 by a huge 263% to 394,632 units.

Driving a rental electric vehicle in New Zealand:

The Driven


I didn’t really want to go ‘over there’ for a family reunion last February but my son Greg more or less ordered me to. saying “it’s better than coming over for a funeral. And I’ll meet you in Christchurch with a hire car. The hire car’s all electric,” he said.

“Age of the Jetsons”:

Australian company unveils what it claims to be the world’s first electric air ambulance–

 Michael Mazengarb – 25 November 2020 – the Driven

The Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN) 

A timely transfer of Ontario Northland will be step one for Doug Ford, but he’s still short of fulfilling his campaign promise to Northerners. The Premier ran on a pledge to bring back the Northlander train and increase service, and we’re still waiting to see it coming down the tracks”.

A car-less dream for all of Muskoka.

By Gordon Laxer

My first memory of Muskoka was steering the Sagamo, the largest and grandest steamer on Ontario’s minor lakes. It was 1948 and I was four years old. 

District’s Community Transportation Plan –

The goal of the CTP is to develop accessible, affordable, sustainable transportation solutions for both urban and rural residents.
October 30, 2020 update: New Bus, New Look, New Schedule for Corridor 11 Service. More information at

A new era in maritime travel: Electric boats

Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls has launched North America’s first all-electric, zero-emissions tour boats. Earlier this month, the Maid of the Mist launched two electric catamarans into the gorge, the first of their kind in North America. The hulking double-deckers run on dual banks of lithium-ion batteries. – The Washington Post – OCTOBER 29, 2020

What Is the Carbon Footprint of Transportation?

– The statistician and engineer W. Edwards Deming once said “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” Some of the best data come from the Our World in Data team at Oxford University. Their latest looks at what form of transport has the smallest carbon footprint. Driving big cars and flying short distances are the worst. – By Lloyd Alter Published October 13, 2020 

Plug ‘N Drive Discovery Centre (EVs) 

– Discover Electric Cars and take test drives in a sales-free, no-pressure environment.! Electric cars are cheaper to operate and maintain, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver better performance.
Book an appointment to visit the EV Discovery Centre in Toronto or the Mobile EV Education Trailer in Ottawa.

KIA Green Vehicles

 When it comes to maintenance, electric vehicles require much less than a traditional gasoline-fueled vehicle. The difference comes down to moving parts; a traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) can have over 20,000 moving parts, while a fully electric vehicle may have as few as 20. 

EV charging in Muskoka

Coming to a Place near you:


Fast Charge, south end of Gravenhurst In the Sobey’s parking lot.
Bank of Nova Scotia – Gravenhurst
Natural food Market -Bracebridge
Screen shot Feb 20, 2021 —