NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- Tesla ( TSLA)CEO Elon Musk may not admit it publicly, but right now he has to be laughing to himself. During the final weeks of the presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney called Tesla a "loser." Romney was lumping Tesla in with Solyndra, Fisker, A123 and lithium-ion cell maker Ener1. All five received Department of Energy loans. Given the way Solyndra collapsed and Ener1 and A123 filed for bankruptcy, Romney was hammering President Obama on DOE loans and government getting involved with private companies.
By Phil LeBeau, CNBC Correspondent
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