Comebacks: Tesla's Motormouth Marketer Dodged Deposit Dilemma This article says the reason Darryl left Tesla was because: "Tesla has no factory to build the car, and no financing for it. Musk recently said that Tesla had gotten $350 million in loans from the government; in fact, it hadn't, a reality even Musk's own flack had to acknowledge. Taking deposits from customers under those circumstances in the hopes that everything will come together amounts to a fraud, Siry believed, and he wanted no part of it." I was thinking of writing something in response in the comments, but it kind of makes some sense actually thinking about it. Unlike the Roadster, where they had private funding & a factory/contractor to build the car, they don't have the same thing with the Model S. Is there a precedent of a company recieving deposits without being sure they can deliver (at least locked in a factory & financing)? (and the company not failing afterwards) Edit: edited title, actually is ValleyWag not Gawker.