"the DOE is highly bullish about our future and doesn’t want us to delay early repayment of the loan if we have the cash on hand to do so",
Isn't this like a creditor saying to a debtor, "My friend, I have great confidence on your venture but PAY ME ASAP when you have the money".
What a paradox?
I bet you it wasn't his statement, the VCs and underwriters thinking only he, Elon, can drum up the stock price. And because the money people know what investors want to hear. Remember about shipping the 1st production unit earlier than schedule. That was a success in drumming up the stock price.
And they are in the region that is not only one of the highest electricity rate in the country but also the one of the most expensive living cost.
Elon is visionary extraordinaire. He'll show the world that he can make money selling products that no one can make money on, manufactured in the region where no manufacturers can make money in, and with sales guy who used to sell you pants and shirts and CTO who never designs a car before. Quite a rebel Elon is..