NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Electric-vehicle manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) - Get Report is reportedly planning to start selling its Model X sport utility vehicle in China in the first half of next year. The company, which will begin selling the Model X in the United States this quarter, expects to open five or six new showrooms in China by the end of the year, according to Bloomberg, which cited Tesla spokesman Gary Tao, who is based in Beijing.
The new locations in cities including Beijing and Shanghai, will bring Tesla's total to around 15 showrooms in China. Tao reportedly said the locations will be in city centers, in order to increase Tesla's visibility. Tao also reportedly revealed that Tesla has tapped more than 20 local shops that will be able to provide service and bodywork repairs for its electric vehicles.
The company is also said to be working to increase the number of superchargers it has in China, where it already has more than 1,400 charging stations.
CEO Elon Musk was quoted last week as saying that he expects the new Model X to double the company's sales volume. The company's goal is to sell 55,000 electric vehicles worldwidde this year. It has reported delivering more than 21,500 vehicles in the first half of the year, putting it about 40% of the way to its goal. In the second quarter of 2015, it delivered 11,507 vehicles, which Tesla said was a new company record, and an approximately 52% increase over the second quarter of last year. Tesla cautioned that that number was subject to change by a small amount, "usually well under 1%," as the company only counts a delivery if the vehicle has been transferred to the end customer and all paperwork is deemed correct.