With over $500,000,000 in revenue per quarter, TESLA's CEO, ELon Musk promised during a fire chat with at the Energy Summit to pay the entire DOE loan back in just 5 years, which is half the time stipulated (originially 10 years). Does this sound like TESLA is having supply or demand issues? I think not =)
The Obama administration is friendly to Tesla. If the company can produce positive cash flow, the terms of the loan will be modified in needed. He is not friendly with Big OIl given his personal history. Plus it would vindicate the other BEV and green energy duds.