Rich­mond-based Eva­tran’s CEO leaves for Tesla

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - BUSINESS - BY GRE­GORY J. GILLIGAN ggilli­gan@times­dis­ (804) 649-6379

The co-founder and CEO of Eva­tran Group Inc., the Rich­mond-based maker of wire­less charg­ing sta­tions for elec­tric ve­hi­cles, left the com­pany ear­lier this year.

Re­becca Hough Tin­ucci is now work­ing for tech in­dus­try tycoon Elon Musk’s elec­tric car maker Tesla Inc., ac­cord­ing to her LinkedIn pro­file.

Bob Mooney, Eva­tran’s board chair­man and man­ag­ing part­ner at New Rich­mond Ven­tures, a Rich­mond ven­ture cap­i­tal group that is a ma­jor in­vestor in Eva­tran, con­firmed she left Eva­tran.

“She got mar­ried on the West Coast in March when she left here,” Mooney said.

“She is still work­ing with us on some projects,” he said, adding that she still serves on Eva­tran’s board.

He ex­pects to make some “an­nounce­ment on who would re­place that po­si­tion” later this month. “I have noth­ing more to re­ally say at this point in time.”

Tin­ucci, which is her mar­ried name, is listed on her LinkedIn pro­file as be­ing the se­nior prod­uct man­ager for Tesla in the San Fran­cisco area, start­ing in March.

The Univer­sity of Virginia grad­u­ate de­scribes her new po­si­tion this way: “First non-engi­neer­ing hire re­cruited to build an in­ter­nal team tasked with de­vel­op­ing ma­chine vi­sion prod­ucts for advanced man­u­fac­tur­ing. Job re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude AI (ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence) prod­uct and pro­gram man­age­ment, as well as, team co­or­di­na­tion.”

Light­house Labs, a busi­ness ac­cel­er­a­tor in Rich­mond that of­fers men­tor­ing to startup com­pa­nies, an­nounced this week that Tin­ucci had left its board.

“To Re­becca, a tire­less worker, founder, and rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the value of start­ing up in RVA. We were blessed to run along­side her team at Eva­tran dur­ing last year’s ses­sion and sad to see her head off to new ad­ven­tures on that other coast ear­lier this year. Re­becca helped us in so many ways off the radar and we wish her the very best,” the Light­house Labs an­nounce­ment said.

Her de­par­ture comes as a planned ac­qui­si­tion of Eva­tran by a Chi­nese au­to­mo­tive com­pany has fallen through.

Eva­tran, which has its of­fices in the Scott’s Ad­di­tion area of Rich­mond, had agreed in Novem­ber to be ac­quired by Zhe­jiang VIE Science & Tech­nol­ogy Co., a China-based auto parts man­u­fac­turer that was one of Eva­tran’s ma­jor in­vestors. Zhe­jiang had planned to buy the re­main­ing 83.86 per­cent stake in Eva­tran for $10.5 mil­lion.

Reuters news agency re­ported in March, cit­ing a reg­u­la­tory fil­ing, that the deal was be­ing scrapped be­cause of the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tory ap­proval en­vi­ron­ment. Mooney con­firmed in April that the deal was off the ta­ble.

Eva­tran’s tech­nol­ogy en­ables elec­tric cars to recharge their bat­ter­ies with­out plug­ging in to a power sta­tion.

The com­pany was founded by Tin­ucci and her fa­ther, Tom Hough, in 2009 as a sub­sidiary of MTC Trans­form­ers in Wytheville. It be­came a separate com­pany in 2010 and sub­se­quently moved its head­quar­ters to Rich­mond.


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