Tesla has taken 520 orders for its new Model S saloon in its first week of availability.
Production of the Tesla Model S is expected to begin in late 2011 after Tesla builds a new assembly plant in California to meet demand.
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, said: “Frankly the number of cars reserved in the first week has exceeded our optimistic internal projections.
“Enthusiasm surrounding the Model S is proof that there’s pent-up demand for more affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles – including those made in America.”
US prices for the Tesla, which will be sold from a new London showroom planned for this year, are expected to start at $49,000 (£33,200) and customers are required to pay a $5000 (£3400) refundable deposit.
A Signature Edition Model S, limited to 2000 cars, will also be available, requiring a deposit of $40,000 (£27,100).
Several battery packs will be available for the Model S, which will offer ranges of 160, 230 or 300 miles. A full charge could take just 45 minutes.