Richmond-based Evatran’s CEO leaves for Tesla
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.