The Plug In BC Collaboration
Plug In BC is a program of the Fraser Basin Council and works in collaboration with government, industry, academic institutions, EV owners, NGOs and utilities to advance the uptake of electric vehicles in British Columbia.
Plug In BC provides a central source for information on programs 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
Program Manager, Sustainable Transportation
Neil MacEachern is a Program Manager, Sustainable Transportation for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, and heads the organization’s electric vehicle initiative, Plug In BC.
Prior to joining FBC, Neil was involved extensively in sustainable transportation in municipal government and conducted greenhouse gas project verification and environmental management system auditing with KPMG. He holds a master’s degree in carbon management from the University of Edinburgh, and a bachelor of science in forestry from the University of British Columbia.
On the weekends, Neil is typically riding a bike, or coaching his children on the strategy of Rock-Paper-Scissors.
Inger is an EV Advisor for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, supporting electric vehicle initiatives under the Plug In BC program. As an EV Advisor, Inger is responsible for providing advice, information and support to a range of audiences on their electric vehicle needs and charging applications.
Prior to joining FBC, Inger worked in the commercial transportation sector as a Policy Analyst at the BC Trucking Association. She was a member of the Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team and has co-authored research articles on consumer perceptions of battery electric vehicles.
Inger holds a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical 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.
Dr. Pete Thimmaiah
Program Lead, Zero-Emission Fleets
Pete Thimmaiah is a Program Lead for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, supporting zero-emission fleets 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.
Michael contributes to communications and social media, and also assists with events. Before joining the team, he was a volunteer Emotive Ambassador. He is keen to share the journeys that EV owners take, from island get-aways to epic road trips in the Rockies. Whether at events, through social media or web articles, Michael looks forward to connecting with EV owners, and the EV curious, to discuss the exciting new possibilities that electric vehicles bring to travelling in BC. Before joining the Plug In BC team, Michael worked on digital media and public outreach in the BC tourism industry.