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Musk: Tesla Model 3 sales twice as high as expected

It seems fair to say Telsa underestimated the demand for its first mainstream-available Model 3 Sedan.

Following part 2 of the reveal late last week, the company was flooded with pre-order customers with 253,000 tallied yesterday morning.

Now, in his customary way on Twitter, Elon Musk has revealed the level of interest is up to twice as high as expected internally (via Engadget).

He’s also promised a free gift for everyone who lined up at stores to pre-order their model, which will begin shipping by the end of 2017.

Related: 5 Things you need to know about the Tesla Model 3

While Musk thought Tesla would have 20-30 folks at stores, 800 showed up at some locations to put down a deposit for the eagerly-awaited e-car.

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The next sales update will come on Wednesday, which will encapsulate a full week of sales.

Musk says Tesla is focused on accelerating production, amid fears it might take a while to fulfil all of the orders.

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