Tesla has nearly 400,000 preorders for its Model 3 electric car.
CEO Elon Musk broke the news while at a conference in Norway, saying that the interest in the new model “surprised even us.” Back on April 7, Tesla reported 325,000 preorders.
To reserve a car, each interested customer must put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit. They can get their money back at any time, or use the deposit against the purchase of a different Tesla product.
Tesla racked up around 180,000 preorders on the Model 3’s first available day, while by the seventh day, Tesla had already received 325,000 orders.
An early version of the Model 3 was unveiled by Tesla on March 31, giving buyers a good idea of what the car will look like both inside and out. Beyond looks, Tesla says that the base price for the car will be $35,000, while the all-electric driving range will be over 215 miles.
Tesla has pledged to start production in late 2017 with deliveries starting around the same time, though because the list is so long, many customers will probably be waiting until at least 2019 to get their cars.