1. 6.9 billion from the program went to Ford compared to less than $500 million that Tesla recieved. I don't hear anyone complaining about Ford loan, yet the EV produced is far inferior to the Tesla. (and I'm pretty sure it's not even made in the U.S. (Ford makes most of it's cars in Mexico now.)
2. Starting a car company is hard, you have to start with high margin cars or you won't be around. Tesla's current car is 50% less expensive than their previous car. The next generation of Tesla's is planned to be 50% less than the current car.
3. It's a LOAN not a SUBSIDY. Tesla has paid back the LOAN in FULL with interest. I don't see the problem here. It certainly didn't hurt the middle class.
4. Very little of the capital used to fund Tesla came from government. They took advantage of the program as did Ford, Nissan, and others.
5. I'm not even remotely rich, but I bought one because it's just a better car. I suggest try driving one. Over the time I'm likely to keep the car it will have a total cost of ownership similar to a fully loaded Camry. With any fully electric car (not hybrid) you have to compare total cost of ownership, not sticker price. Unfortunately, there are so many people who haven't studied the issue and are just repeating FUD and misinformation. Oh, and the battery is warrantied for eight years, unlimited mileage. The design is for the battery to last twice as long as the warranty. The largest battery will cost $12,000 for replacement if you pre-pay.
6. I'd be all in favour of dropping any EV subsidies if the $16 billion in annual subsidies to the oil companies were also dropped and the military spending to protect the oil supply was eliminated. A one-time $500 milion dollar loan isn't even pocket change compared to $16 billion in annual gifts.