Tesla's Vice President of Business Development, Diarmuid O'Connell, blogged about how it was a bad idea for the Big Three to get money that had been set aside in the December 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), specifically Section 136. Section 136 set up the Advanced Technology Vehicles Loan Program (ATVMLP), and Tesla opposed taking money that was supposed to make cars cleaner and instead use it to just keep the Big Three operating. Now, Tesla is asking for some of those Section 136 green car funds, something that the New York Times columnist Randall Stross doesn't want. Musk said that if the government shells out the $350 million, Tesla could sell 20,000 electric sedans a year by 2011.
[Source: Detroit Free Press]