Evatran founding CEO out, takes job at Tesla

Evatran’s headquarters at 3301 W. Moore St. in Scott’s Addition.

The co-founder of a touted local startup has left the company and Richmond for the West Coast – and for Elon Musk.

Rebecca Hough, the founding CEO of Scott’s Addition-based Evatran, is no longer with the company.

Bob Mooney, chairman of the company’s board of directors, confirmed Hough’s departure as CEO but noted she is still serving on its board.

Calls to Hough were not returned by press time. Mooney said she took another job in the automotive area, and a LinkedIn page shows that Hough began working as a senior product manager at Tesla in March.

Rebecca Hough

She also has stepped down from the board of local startup accelerator Lighthouse Labs.

Founded by Hough and her father Thomas in 2009, Evatran makes wireless chargers for electric cars and has been based in the HandCraft building at 3301 W. Moore St.

Evatran emerged as a fast riser in the local startup scene, raising more than $7 million in venture capital over the years, including from local VC firm NRV.

Its future as a stand-alone company became a little less clear last year when it had a deal in the works to become majority owned by its main investor, Chinese auto parts manufacturer Zhejiang VIE Science & Technology Co. However, that deal fell through in March.

Mooney said the company remains operational and another to-be-announced individual has stepped in as Evatran’s CEO in Hough’s absence.

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