According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tesla has logged 3,000 pre-orders for the Model S.

According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tesla has logged 3,000 pre-orders for the Model S.

While the figures are nothing to sneeze at, it is interesting that Tesla has managed to get people to fork over a $5,000 deposit for a car that has been plagued by delays.

As we have previously reported, the Model S is motivated by an electric motor which is powered by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds, hit a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h), and travel up to 300 miles (483 km) on a single charge.

The Model S was slated to be launched in third quarter of 2011, but that date has now been pushed back to 2012.

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