We were confident that Tesla’s reservation process would be fairly successful, especially in the US due to federal tax credit cap, but this morning we are blown away by the enthusiasm for a vehicle no one has seen yet.

If you have been following our live updates of the queues at Tesla retail locations this morning, you know that over 13,000 16,000 have been spotted waiting in line to reserve the Model 3 in the US and Canada alone.

Some of the biggest lines – just to name a few:

  • Montreal
  • Toronto
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • San Diego

Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented via Twitter that he is “incredibly inspired” by the interest:

[tweet https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/715566236822671360 align=’center’]

We received reports of similar numbers in Asia and Europe leading us to believe that the number of people willing to place a ~$1,000 deposit even before having seen the Model 3 is in the tens of thousands.

And that’s without accounting for Tesla and SpaceX employees who were able to reserve the vehicle early.

Granted, the deposit is completely refundable so it’s not that big of a risk, but still…

Tesla will likely be sitting on a significant backlog of Model 3 reservations even before Elon Musk walks on stage to unveil it in Hawthorn tonight at 8:30pm Pacific (3:30 UTC). At which point online reservations become available (tesla.com).

If you want to reserve the Model 3, Tesla revealed all the reservation process details per region and here’s everything we know about the vehicle, as well as our exclusive Tesla Model 3 leaked specs.

You can also join us later today for our coverage of the event and livestream at 8:30pm Pacific (3:30 UTC).

Featured Image: between 250 and 300 people waiting to reserve the Model 3 in Mt. Kisco by Seth Weintraub

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