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A "Couple" People Showed Up This Morning In Raleigh, NC To Put $1,000 Down On A Tesla Model 3 (Image: MTN Ranger/InsideEVs)

Early returns on the turn-out for the Model 3 have come in well above expectations.

Some of our readers and staffers have counted more than 300 people in lines this morning when the doors opened to put a deposits down on a Model 3.  (Check out our photo and video recap from locations all over the world here)

Even Tesla Elon Musk is impressed, saying he is inspired, while promising the Model 3 reveal tonight (which will be livestreamed here) will satisfy early hand-raisers.

Tesla CEO Tweets Pleasure With Model 3 Reservation Launch

Tesla CEO Tweets Pleasure With Model 3 Reservation Launch