Word on the street from a China-based Tesla sales rep is that the upcoming Model X will be available for sale in China as soon as next summer. The all-electric SUV with falcon wings hasn’t even rolled out in the United States yet, but Beijing-based Tesla employee Gary Tao told Bloomberg in an interview this week about some of Tesla’s plans to strengthen their presence in China. This will include new Tesla showrooms, a network of local authorized repair shops, and additions to the existing 1,400 Supercharger stations already installed throughout the country.
The green SUV will be released in the U.S. this fall after a bevy of delays, CEO Elon Musk has promised, and the Model X is expected to be available for sale in Shanghai, China, as early as June 2016. Although Tesla has had a rough start in China, with sales falling short of expectations, the California-based company is working hard to turn it around. Tesla started by including a license plate with Tesla Model S sales, which – in China – can be worth up to $15,000 due to an auction system the government uses to control the number of cars on the road. Tesla is also reportedly planning to open around six new showrooms by the end of this year in major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to raise Tesla’s visibility, according to Tao. That will make a total of about 15 showrooms throughout the country.
The all-electric SUV will be only the second model offered, joining the sleek Model S which has helped drivers save 570,000 tons of carbon emissions since it launched less than three years ago. Musk is expecting the Model X to more than double Tesla’s sales and help the company reach 55,000 vehicles sold worldwide by the end of 2015. In the first half of the year, the automaker sold around 21,500 electric cars and the hotly anticipated Model X could easily make Musk’s prediction come true. Just imagine the positive environmental impact all those wing-doored SUVs will have over the next few years.
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