Tesla CEO Elon Musk sat down and have a very honest and revealing interview with Bloomberg (to their credit).

Tesla CEO Says NYT Article Hurt Tesla To The Tune Of

Tesla CEO Says NYT Article Hurt Tesla To The Tune Of "Tens Of Millions"

Topics ranged from:

  • the New York Times article caused "a lot" of cancellations of Model S reservations, perhaps as much as "a few hundred"
  • market cap took a estimated hit of $100 million dollars
  • production estimates for 2013
  • demand for the Model S
  • the outlook for the company past 2013
  • impressions of Washington - "much less corrupt than people think it is"
  • on the lighter side: Musk says he never wore a tight black T-shirt when he met Tom DeLay, that he always wears a suit in Washington
Other tidbits of interest, Mr. Musk says that Tesla hopes to erase government loans in about 5 years (as opposed to the 10 year term of the loan), and that the $7,500 federal credit, if it were not available today, would probably cause Model S sales to be 10% - 20% less.

Bloomberg