How does Tesla survive, at a loss, year by year, for 35 years ... in the hope it will be profitable in the 36th year? Only Uncle Sugar.
From an accounting standpoint, it doesn't make any difference where the data that goes in the black column comes from. It's all profit, and is figured into the business strategy. I doubt that the banks would have gone on their irresponsible bender, if the biggest corporate bailout in history had not already been part of their business model and listed under expected earnings. Everyone likes to portray the bankers as incompetent fools. Maybe they were that dumb, or maybe they were that smart.
All of the mansions now open and on display to tourists in Newport Rhode Island were built by titans that made their wealth from the government. You want to make a lot of money? Deal with the customer that has the deepest pockets. These guys, while crooked as Hell, at least provided products and service to the government. They were not creative enough to think of ways to profit from the government by losing money. It takes a banker for that. Tesla is one the one wearing the white hat.