Chrysler Wants To Start A Fight With TeslaTravis Okulski5/23/13 9:00amFiled to: The Morning Shift1222EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important?Advertisement1st Gear: Tesla, Chrysler Would Like To Have A Word With YouTesla paid off its Department of Energy loans yesterday, nine years ahead of schedule. They made a pretty big deal out of being the first and only to do so, and they made the government, and us taxpayers, $12 million.AdvertisementChrysler saw Tesla's statement about the loan repayments, and seems to have taken it personally, at least that's what it seems like on their corporate blog:On May 22, 2013, Tesla, a California-based EV manufacturer, said it has repaid a DoE loan adding: “Tesla will be the only American car company to have fully repaid the government.” (http://www.teslamotors.com/about/press/re…The information is unmistakably incorrect. It’s pretty well-known that almost exactly two years ago – May 24, 2011 – Chrysler Group LLC repaid (in full and with interest) U.S. and Canadian government loans more than six years ahead of schedule.Question: short memory or short-circuit?Chrysler did repay everything that was asked of it, but they're really opening a can of worms here. Of the $12.5 billion loan, Chrysler repaid $11.2 billion. That left $1.3 billion that will probably never be repaid to the government. So the loan to Tesla: $12 million profit. The loan to Chrysler: $1.3 billion loss.Chrysler also applied for the same loan program that Tesla received from the DoE, but withdrew its request in 2012. It's unclear why Chrysler would bring this up. Tesla didn't mention Chrysler anywhere in its announcement or provoke them in any way. The loans that Chrysler repaid were also very contentious. Yes, it is good that they repaid all they asked, but brining up anything as politically motivated as the automaker bailout is probably not the best decision, especially now since people aren't thinking about it anymore.SponsoredMaybe they're ticked that the Circuit EV never took off.2nd Gear: The Chevy Spark EV Is Way Cheap If you say that the only barrier to you getting an electric car is the high price, then Chevy just made you find another excuse. When it goes on-sale, the Chevy Spark EV will cost $27,495, which means that the federal tax credit will bring that price down to $19,995.ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.