The Plug In BC Collaboration
Plug In BC is a program of the Fraser Basin Council and is a broad collaborative between government, industry, academic institutions, EV owners, NGOs and utilities. The program lays the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related charging infrastructure in British Columbia.
Plug In BC provides a central source for information and initiatives that are supporting the electric vehicle market, including:
- Access to incentives
- Support for fleets
- Support for first-time EV owners
- Opportunities to experience electric
- Information about charging stations
Charlotte Argue has been involved in supporting electric vehicle market uptake in the province for nearly a decade. Her roles have included facilitating early adoption in fleets, and administering the provincial charging infrastructure rollout. Additionally, Charlotte helps steer Emotive, the Electric Vehicle Experience – a multi-partner EV outreach campaign aimed at increasing public awareness of electric cars. Charlotte has an extensive background in sustainability, climate change and energy-related issues. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences (B.Sc.(Hons)) from the University of British Columbia and joined the Fraser Basin Council in 2009.
Prior to joining FBC, Matthew worked in the fuel cell industry and as a renewable energy consultant. Matthew is the first person to chronicle the Canadian plug-in electric vehicle market; his statistics on EV sales (2011-present) can be found at tinyurl.com/CanadaEVSales. He has written extensively about zero emission transportation and clean energy technologies, and also co-hosts the “Cleantech Talk” podcast. Matthew received a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1999 and joined the Fraser Basin Council in 2018
Julia Bronson is a Program Coordinator for the Climate Change and Air Quality Program at Fraser Basin Council and for Plug In BC. She helps deliver FBC’s zero-emission vehicle adoption and green fleet initiatives, and also works on the deployment of the Emotive EV public outreach campaign. She has extensive experience in online and in-person engagement around electric vehicles and clean energy. Prior to joining FBC, Julia designed educational forums on clean technology at GreenTech Exchange and assisted program delivery at SFU Public Square. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Minor in Dialogue from Simon Fraser University.
Sara Fralin joined the Fraser Basin Council in 2018 as a program coordinator for the Climate Change and Air Quality Program. She provides program administration, partner engagement and content development for the Plug In BC and Emotive programs. Sara’s background in the clean tech sector includes a variety of experience in community engagement, marketing, research and technical grant writing. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Sustainability Studies from Trent University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Environment Studies from the University of Victoria. Sara also serves on the board of directors at the Environmental Youth Alliance and the Trent University Vancouver Alumni Association.
Pete Thimmaiah is a Transportation Analyst for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, supporting electric vehicle initiatives for Plug In BC. He joined FBC in 2018.
Prior to joining FBC, Pete worked with the automotive giant Robert Bosch, Germany as a senior mechanical engineer. He has several scientific publications on clean energy technologies, and also a frequent contributor to the “Huffington Post Canada” and “Policy Options magazine.” Pete holds a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in mechatronic systems engineering from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Coventry University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University.