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Tesla Model S  (Source: Tesla Motors)
Let the money flow...

The federal government seems to be quite happy with dishing out money for environmentally friendly ventures, and there are plenty of companies that are willing to take the funds and put them to good use. One such company is Tesla Motors.

Tesla Motors is probably most notable for its sexy all-electric Roadster. The $100,000+ sports car, which is based on the Lotus Elise chassis, has a driving range of 244 miles – one Tesla Roadster, however, was able to travel 313 miles on a single charge -- and can zip to 60 mph in less than four seconds. However, Tesla is looking to take its electric car-building prowess to a somewhat more mainstream audience with its four-door Model S electric sedan.

This is where the federal government steps in to work its magic. According to the Detroit News, Tesla Motors today closed on a deal to secure $465 million in low-cost loans from the Energy Department. The funds will be used to build manufacturing plants in California for the Model S and its powertrain.

The company was originally approved for the loan back in June of 2009. The $465 million will come from the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program which is providing a total of $25 billion to automakers that develop new fuel efficient vehicles. Other notable names to get in on the loans include Nissan ($1.6 billion) and Ford ($5.9 billion).

"This is an investment in our clean energy future that will create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

"It will help build a customer base and begin laying the foundation for American leadership in the growing electric vehicles industry. This is part of a sustained effort to develop and commercialize technologies that will be broadly deployed throughout the American auto industry."

As previously reported by DailyTech, the Model S will have a driving range of up to 300 miles and can dash to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The fetching sedan weighs in at a portly 4,000 pounds (1,200 pounds of which comes from its lithium-ion battery pack). If all goes according to plan, the base Model S will cost around $50,000 after a government-backed $7,500 tax credit is taken into consideration. For comparison, the Chevrolet Volt is expected to cost in the “low 30s” after the $7,500 tax credit is applied. At that price point, GM still contends that it can make a profit.

The Model S is scheduled to go into production in 2012 and yearly output is pegged at 20,000 units per year.

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RE: clue me in on this...
By cmdrdredd on 1/21/2010 8:27:07 PM , Rating: 0
Americans will always be in debt because of their own stupidity regardless of what the government does. If the average citizen can't control their spending, the government is under no obligation to do so either. Stupid, corrupt citizens deserve stupid, corrupt governments. All is as it should be.

We bailed out the world the last century and have gotten no payback from anyone. You think you're high and mighty but lets go back to WWII and let Japan and Germany take over and see where you'd all be now if we didn't go save your ass.

It's nothing to do with citizens of the US at all. It's politicians in power pushing an agenda and ramming it through. Perhaps you should try living here and read up on how the government here is run before you run your mouth. On second thought, I'd rather not let people like you in.

RE: clue me in on this...
By lelias2k on 1/21/2010 8:57:40 PM , Rating: 2
If you think the US won WWII by itself, maybe you should take some history lessons first...

The US can be an amazing country when it comes to help others, but it can just as easily go in the other direction too. We're not a country of saints...

RE: clue me in on this...
By DigitalFreak on 1/21/2010 9:20:43 PM , Rating: 1
If the US hadn't stepped in all of Europe would be walking the goose step. Of course either way France still would have surrendered. It's what they do best.

RE: clue me in on this...
By lelias2k on 1/22/2010 4:10:00 AM , Rating: 2
It's easy to remain strong when nobody can touch you... The US was in a great position by being protected by the two biggest oceans in the world. Had the Germans finished the V9 the whole story could have been different.

That said, yes, they helped, but other countries did too.

And to say the US didn't get anything is return is absurd. Go back to the history books and you will know what I'm talking about.

RE: clue me in on this...
By SPOOFE on 1/24/2010 12:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
It's easy to remain strong when nobody can touch you... The US was in a great position by being protected by the two biggest oceans in the world.

Yes, that is a REASON for why the US was so instrumental in the war effort. That also explains why the US was so crucial to the rebuilding effort, as well: It was pretty much the only industrialized country essentially untouched (property and material-wise) after the war. That's also why the US was in such a prime position to rise as a superpower, when prior to the World Wars it was still a fairly minor player on the global stage.

RE: clue me in on this...
By BZDTemp on 1/22/2010 12:36:25 PM , Rating: 2
LOL if it wasn't for France there would be no US.

Spend less time watching Fox News and more time reading and you may learn something.

RE: clue me in on this...
By SandmanWN on 1/22/2010 3:36:03 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong, the US fought the British for 5 years before French troops landed and actually contributed to the war. Of course they remained neutral until the US actually had the upper hand and showed they might win this war after all.

Not to mention the French were devastated after the Seven Years war and was in no position to be of assistance to anyone. They managed a good showing in the last year of the war. Some troops finally hit the ground and a major naval battle. But at the time the British were backed up in Yorktown ready for savior from the British navy. But we can't let that get in the way of any facts.

Its unlikely they would have ever been able to return in sufficient numbers to do any good, the US was growing far too fast at this point.

Maybe if you stopped sucking the BBC's teet you might learn a thing or two yourself.

RE: clue me in on this...
By SPOOFE on 1/24/2010 12:57:25 PM , Rating: 2
If it weren't for Germany we wouldn't have needed France, so the Euros cancel each other out.

RE: clue me in on this...
By mars2k on 1/21/2010 10:20:02 PM , Rating: 1
Good thing you don't have a say on who gets in. Then all we'd have is semi literate nincompoops who are always pissed off at stuff they don't even understand...and are proud of it.
We fought WW2 to save OUR ass you fool.
We rebuilt Europe to save OUR ass retard.
We rebuilt Japan to save OUR ass you stupid goof.
All of the aid that goes overseas is to support OUR interest OUR business OUR political power.
All of the post war bail out that you're talking about was to contain Communism you idiot.
WE have benifited far more as a result of all this stuff than anybody overseas.
Whatever it is that you're reading and mindlessly repeating is wrong..that is if you can read at all.
Next week some other dumb-ss will repeat something stupid and hatefull and you will pick it up and run with it

Good us from morons like you CmdrdKook.

RE: clue me in on this...
By safcman84 on 1/22/2010 8:33:16 AM , Rating: 1
I take my hat off to you sir.

As a European (British national living in France, working in Switzerland..... a true european ;) ), it is scary how quickly Americans can confirm the european vision/stereotype of a typical american -of being arrogant, ignorant asses (like CmdrdKook). I wish more Americans like you made their opinion heard - it would save USA's global image.

Yes you did "save" us (or give us a helping hand to save the rest of europe - the Battle of Britain was what stopped Britain being invaded, you helped us liberate the rest), yes you did help rebuild after WW2 but you did it for yourselves as much as us. (we declared war on Japan, so you were "politically" forced to declare war on Germany, and all the other reasons you mentioned).

Thank you for saying it.

RE: clue me in on this...
By SPOOFE on 1/24/2010 1:01:23 PM , Rating: 2
WE have benifited far more as a result of all this stuff than anybody overseas.

Yes, that is correct: The United States has a history of recognizing that mutual cooperation can be beneficial for all parties involved.

WHY we did it is immaterial. What is important is that it was done.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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