What happened

Shares of aspiring electric-pickup truck maker Lordstown Motors (NASDAQ:RIDE) are rising 9% Tuesday, as of 3:40 p.m. EST. The company updated investors yesterday with progress in several areas as it approaches the start of production of its Endurance light-duty electric trucks. 

The company confirmed production reservations for about 50,000 trucks, representing interest from approximately 100 different commercial truck fleets. 

So what

Lordstown said production is on schedule to begin in September 2021, and investors are showing interest, with shares nearly doubling just since the start of November.

Lordstown Endurance pickup truck

Image source: Lordstown Motors.

The move in the company's shares are also part of a recent surge in investor interest in many companies in the sector. 

Now what 

Lordstown told investors yesterday about several areas where the company's growth plans are progressing. It included plans to double its headcount by the end of this year, to 500, with plans to have 1,500 employees by the end of 2021. Also included in the new update were plans to open a new research and development center as well as a new service center. 

But the recent rise in the share price isn't just with Lordstown. Several Chinese EV makers reported sales and earnings recently, including Li Auto and XPeng, that have driven share increases. A third, NIO, reports quarterly earnings tomorrow. American start-ups have come along for the ride, with strong gains just since the start of November, as seen below. 

RIDE Chart

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Lordstown shares may get another boost tomorrow, too, after CEO Steve Burns appears on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer tonight.

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