With confidence in spades, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said yesterday that the electric car maker will repay its $465 million government loan in “five years or less.”
The announcement came just days after Musk said he expects the company to be profitable in 2013. Indeed, deliveries of the brand’s second vehicle – the Model S – have picked up with 2,400 shipped in the fourth quarter compared to only 250 during the previous three.
Despite that, Tesla is still losing money so far. The company posted a loss of $89.9 million in the fourth quarter.
Tesla is faring relatively well, though, compared to automakers like Fisker. Last year the maker of the exotic Karma plug-in hybrid suffered a salvo of negative press after several of its cars caught fire in separate scenarios. Now, Fisker is looking for possible suitors.
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[Source: Automotive News]