The clock is ticking for Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.4%) as it sees its government loan tapped out and...

|About: Tesla Motors (TSLA)|By:, SA News Editor

The clock is ticking for Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.4%) as it sees its government loan tapped out and shareholders unlikely to back new stock offerings. The company holds on to $133M of deposits for customers waiting for Model S deliveries, but relying on future deposits could get tricky if production slows. Also, by the end of October the Department of Energy wants a repayment plan from Tesla for its outstanding loan. Will the rave Model S reviews fire up even more enthusiastic buyers to plop down deposits?