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New Local App Platform Revolutionizes Rideshare and Delivery Services in Kanawha County

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Link is a transportation-based company located in Charleston, WV. The company has developed a cloud-based platform that combines traditional for for-hire transportation and modern-day rideshare services. Users of the platform can use the Link App for on-demand, non-emergency medical and corporate services to Kanawha and surrounding counties.

The app also provides a travel guide and local business spotlight. Through the Link Local app customers can discover shopping, great food and drinks, events, and unique experiences in the local area.

The company says it has noticed a decline in available night transportation and hopes to bridge the gap. Through the company’s Link Auto platform, current rideshare-based drivers can realize a discount on professional auto repair and maintenance.

Link will dedicated their new location in Charleston with a ribbon cutting on Monday, July 17th at 10:00 AM at 312 21st Street W, Charleston, WV 25387. More information on the company can be found on their website: ridewithlink.com

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GreenPower Motor Company Unveils the Mega BEAST All Electric Type D School Bus

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South Charleston, West Virginia, October 31, 2023 – GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (Nasdaq: GP) (TSXV: GPV) (“GreenPower”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle and transit space and school bus sector, today unveiled the Mega BEAST. This newest version of GreenPower’s all-electric Type D school bus provides double the range with the same functionality as GreenPower’s trusted and reliable BEAST all-electric school bus that is deployed in school bus fleets across the country.

GreenPower’s Mega BEAST is a 40-foot Type D all-electric, purpose-built, zero-emission school bus that delivers a class-leading range of up to 300 miles on a single charge via a 387 kWh battery pack. It provides for the longest range and has the biggest battery pack in the school bus market. The Mega BEAST can seat up to 90 passengers with standard features that include air ride suspension, ABS disk brakes and largest pass-through storage available. Featuring a modern monocoque chassis, the Mega BEAST is the safest, most durable and reliable all-electric school bus available today. Its seamlessly integrated aluminum body and chassis design forms a composite structure which is the GreenPower Truss(T) factor.

“The all-electric, purpose-built BEAST has established the new standard of performance, safety and sustainability in the school bus market. Today with the introduction of the Mega BEAST, GreenPower also sets a new industry standard in range and battery size,” said Michael Perez, GreenPower’s Vice President of School Bus, Contracts and Grants. “The extended range of the Mega BEAST will help more school districts make the switch from NOx-emitting diesel buses to the GreenPower all-electric, zero-emission option that provides a safer, cleaner and healthier ride for school kids.”

Unveiled today at the National Association of Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) Conference and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio, the Mega BEAST is designed to provide the answer for longer range routes and other desired uses by a school district. The extended range created by the larger battery pack is an ideal solution for many rural school districts with longer routes, school districts with less chance for mid-day opportunity charging, school districts that face extreme weather conditions and schools that also use the all-electric bus for extra-curricular activities.

“Before now, there was not a vehicle on the market that offered these longer-range capabilities. The Mega BEAST sets a new benchmark in the industry by addressing the needs and filling the gap in the current market where longer range all-electric school buses are required,” said GreenPower President Brendan Riley. “All-in-all the Mega BEAST is the same class leading vehicle as the BEAST just with a bigger battery, more range and more uphill climbing power.”

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Riley also noted that the larger battery size of the Mega BEAST is desirable for V2G applications where there is a need to use the battery as energy storage and not just for transportation purposes. “V2G is becoming a common-sense tool that helps to create a more reliable grid, promote clean energy and reduce costs. The larger battery of the Mega BEAST has the ability to provide for a more healthy and stable electric grid and community stability in areas where it is deployed and V2G is used,” he said.

The Mega BEAST joins GreenPower’s award-winning line-up of all-electric, purpose-built, zero-emission school buses including the Type D BEAST and the award-winning Type A Nano BEAST. It will be manufactured in the US at GreenPower’s facilities in both California and South Charleston, West Virginia beginning in 2024.

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Mountain State receives grants to develop its tech industry

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WBOY) — An investment from the Economic Development Administration will go toward the development of West Virginia’s technology sector and “create future economic opportunities for West Virginians,” according to a Monday release from the office of Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Two Tech Hub Strategic Development Grants were awarded to West Virginia as part of the CHIPS and Science Act’s Tech Hubs Program, the West Virginia Advanced Energy and Industrial Technology Manufacturing Hub and the West Virginia Digital Identity Tech Hub.

Tech Hubs, or Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs, are diverse groups of “public, private, and academic partners focused on manufacturing, commercializing and deploying cutting-edge and critical technologies,” according to a separate release from the office of Senator Manchin.

“West Virginia ingenuity and grit built our great nation, and these Tech Hub Strategic Development Grants will encourage a new chapter of innovation and entrepreneurship in our state,” Senator Manchin said. “The bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act will help make the United States a global leader in the semiconductor industry again and will enable West Virginia to compete in the industry. Although I am disappointed that West Virginia was not designated as a regional Tech Hub this time, I am confident that with these investments West Virginia will continue to grow and develop our technology bonafides to secure such designation in the near future.”

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China to Impose Export Restrictions on Crucial Metals for Chip Manufacturing

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The Chinese government recently revealed that buyers purchasing germanium and gallium, essential elements in computer chips, solar panels, and even military applications, will be required to acquire export permits starting August 1st. This move comes as a response to the United State’s ongoing efforts to impose trade restrictions to limit China’s access to semiconductor technology. The Commerce Ministry of China has stated that implementing these export controls aims to protect the country’s national interests.

This situation has been a source of concern for the United States and its allied nations for quite some time. Their worries extend beyond these two lesser-known metals to include numerous minerals extensively produced and processed in China.

According to the Critical Raw Minerals Alliance, China is responsible for 60% of global germanium production and 80% of global gallium production. Furthermore, China holds significant control over supply chains for rare earth minerals, crucial components in various high-tech products. Additionally, China dominates the production of lithium, cobalt, and graphite, all essential for battery manufacturing.

ust before the scheduled visit of U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to China, the Chinese government made this announcement. The relationship between the United States and China is highly strained and characterized by significant tension. Trade-related matters concerning semiconductors and raw materials have been a prominent source of contention between the two nations.


The White House, along with a vast majority of Congress, perceives China’s control over mineral supply chains as both an economic rivalry and a security concern. To safeguard national security interests, the United States recently implemented its export restrictions on semiconductor manufacturing equipment. As a result of U.S. pressure, the Netherlands has recently taken corresponding actions.


The timing of Beijing’s decision to impose export controls on metals used in computer chips and solar panels adds another layer of complexity to the already fragile relationship. It underscores the ongoing trade disputes and heightened competition for technological dominance. These trade tensions have been a focal point in recent years, with both countries implementing various measures to protect their respective interests and ensure access to critical resources.


As Secretary Yellen prepares for her visit, the trade issue, particularly in the context of semiconductors and raw materials, is likely to be at the forefront of discussions. The outcome of these talks will play a crucial role in shaping the future dynamics between the U.S. and China as both nations navigate their economic and strategic interests in a highly competitive global landscape.

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Germanium (Ge), a shiny silver-white metal, is primarily obtained as a by-product during zinc production. This versatile metal finds utility in various applications, such as solar products and fiber optics. Its unique properties include transparency to infrared radiation, making it suitable for military applications like night-vision goggles. Germanium is also utilized in solar panels, with specific applications in space-related endeavors.


Similarly, gallium (Ga), a fellow soft and silvery metal, is derived as a by-product of bauxite and zinc ores processing. This metal plays a vital role in manufacturing gallium arsenide, a chemical compound used to produce radio frequency chips in mobile phones and satellite communication systems, among other applications. Additionally, this compound holds significant importance as a primary material in the manufacturing of semiconductors.

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