Tesla Motors took around $10billion in pre-orders for its new “affordable” Model 3 electric vehicle in just two days.
Chief executive and real-life Iron Man Elon Musk posted the news on Twitter, saying the company had received orders for 276,000 of the vehicles by the end of the day on Saturday after orders opened on Thursday.
The basic Model 3 starts at $35,000, meaning all those orders are worth $9.66billion if fulfilled.
However, it’s likely that the figure for that number would actually be higher as Musk believes the average price paid is likely to be around $42,000 when optional extras are taken into account.
276k Model 3 orders by end of Sat
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 3, 2016
That would mean the pre-orders were worth $11.6billion – and that’s just in two days.
The level of pre-orders is much higher than was previously anticipated by outsiders.
To pre-order a Model 3, potential owners had to put down a $1,000 deposit, with the car expected to begin deliveries in the summer of 2017.
The firm needs the car to be a success after posting a massive loss of $889million in 2015 after investing huge sums in research and development.