So, while we don't have company numbers, Bloomberg does offer some figures that show that Tesla's China sales are steadily increasing. The company sold 797 vehicles in the first quarter of this year and 883 units in the second quarter. In all, about one out of nine Tesla vehicles sold anywhere in the world in the third quarter were delivered to buyers in China, and company executives have said demand for Teslas there could match that of the Americans' within about five years. Already, Tesla is planning to start selling the Model X SUV in China by next June.
And it appears that those Tesla drivers in China will soon have more places to recharge their electric vehicles. According to Tesla's Supercharger website, there are about 75 Superchargers and lower-voltage destination chargers in or near Beijing and Shanghai. That's up from about 60 near those two cities in May. The sales numbers may also imply some more stability in the company's local leadership. In late 2014, Tesla China president Veronica Wu resigned after serving on the job for less than a year.