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About Susanna Schick

Susanna Schick Susanna is passionate about anything fast and electric. As long as it's only got two wheels. She covers electric motorcycle racing events, test rides electric motorcycles, and interviews industry leaders. Occasionally she deigns to cover automobile events in California for us as well. However, she dreams of a day when Los Angeles' streets resemble the two-wheeled paradise she discovered living in Barcelona and will not rest until she's converted the masses to two-wheeled bliss.



Author Archives: Susanna Schick

Condoleezza Rice Discusses Peace In The Middle East At Stanford Global Energy Forum

November 23rd, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

One of the speakers was Saudia Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi. He began with the official statement (as of that day, November 1st, 2018) about the massacre of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Then he and Secretary Condoleezza Rice got down to the business of how Saudi Arabia plans to remain a viable country as demand for oil shrinks. As oil represents 46% of its GDP and 87% of its exports, this is a massive challenge to its (rather imbalanced) economy. Rice asked him a host of touchy questions with the utmost diplomacy, as expected from a former Secretary of State


Stanford University Holds Inaugural Global Energy Forum

November 23rd, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

Governor Jerry Brown and William Perry. Stanford University Staff Photographer: Harmer. While America was focused on the upcoming election, and before Global Warming rendered most of Northern California completely uninhabitable, the leaders in energy production got together on a beautiful day at Stanford to discuss the future of energy. Not just clean energy, but all energy.


Study Hall LA Taught Los Angeles About Sustainable Fashion

September 3rd, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

On a balmy Sunday in August, the cognoscenti of the sustainable fashion world took over Los Angeles' chic Ace Hotel theater to carry the message that it is indeed possible to build a line of clothing without destroying the lives of everyone it touches along the way. The Library’s Study Hall was packed with great new information on how to build a sustainable clothing line


How The LADWP Creates Power Outages

July 12th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

OK, so it's not fair they shoulder all the blame for these power outages. Its crews worked night and day to restore power to Angelenos suffocating in last weekend's epic heatstorm. LADWP's power outages affected nearly 3% of its customers last weekend. They're calling it an "unprecedented" heat storm, and as you can see, all-time records have been broken


California Voters! The GOP Wants Your Help Repealing The Gas Tax

June 28th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

Or so it seems. This survey regarding attempts to repeal the gas tax just came through my inbox, and could certainly use some input from voters interested in cleantech. People who want gasoline to remain cheap are stuck in the past. Or worse, they're stuck living in places with no viable public transit.


Move Over Jay-Z, Dephree Is The Rapper For Mother Earth

June 28th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

The complete list of laws broken by eco-rapper Dephree as he preached his anti-pollution message to commuters on the oldest highway in America this morning is still not final. His white privilege shone through as the LAPD didn't just shoot him down, and let him enjoy a happy ending fit for any Hollywood stunt performer


2018 Zero FX Review | Cheaper Batteries = Better Everything

June 24th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

Zero gave Robert and I a Zero FX for a month, to put it through its paces. As readers may know, I’ve been a Zero FX(S) owner since 2013, and writing about Zeros since 2009. The great thing about Zero is it has always tried to keep prices as reasonable as possible, considering how expensive batteries have been. And as batteries have gotten cheaper, Zero has passed that savings along to customers, while also improving the components and build quality


The Rad Kidz Know The Fastest Way to Circular Fashion

June 21st, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

At the Urban Air Market in Los Feliz, a swanky neighborhood tucked into the east side of Los Angeles, I was excited to see so many upcycled crafts in one place. Particularly of the textile variety, considering how Americans throw out 11 million tons of textiles every year. 80% of those old clothes goes straight to landfill.


1st Exclusive Zero Motorcycles Dealership Opens

June 17th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

Although Hollywood Electrics and a handful of dealerships worldwide have sold thousands of Zeros in the past decade, Zero Motorcycles is ready to follow Tesla's example in opening its own dealership. And the company is starting in the epicenter of American motorcycling — Orange County. We'll be covering the event, and hope to see you there. A press release from Zero Motorcycles follows after the pic


Make Every Day Ride To Work Day!

June 16th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

Monday, June 18th, is Ride To Work Day. For some of us, this is already the case, as you may have read. As Los Angeles traffic grinds to a standstill, and the rate of car ownership increases, this old biker (moto-commuting since 1985!) is overjoyed to see an increasing number of Angelenos commuting on two wheels


Cleantech Champion Antonio Villaraigosa Wins My Vote For Governor

June 4th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

You may have read about Antonio Villaraigosa’s work as Mayor of Los Angeles here before. After all, he was instrumental in starting the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, which has helped many great cleantech companies bloom and grow. These companies have also created great jobs in California. But he has done much more than that as a cleantech champion in a state of cleantech champions


LABC Sustainability Summit 2018 | The United States Of Pacifica?

April 26th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

I jest, but when a moderator joked that someone had suggested California, Oregon, and Washington secede and become a separate country, everyone had a good, happy laugh. The topic of this year's LABC Sustainability Summit was: Regional Solutions for an Inclusive, Clean Economy. By inclusive, I thought they meant inclusive of all income brackets


Fiat Chrysler & Its Sustainability Lies

April 17th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

This adorable press release came through my inbox this week. Fiat Chrysler's Sustainability Report is a charming bundle of puppies and daisies, isn't it? But it's all sugar-coated nonsense.


Rags To Riches: Key Players Are Missing Out On Circular Fashion

April 5th, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

I just returned from the Circular Fashion Games in Amsterdam, where I had the honor of working with Enschede Textielstad, a company that uses recycled yarns to make new textiles. Not stuffing for car seats. Not shop rags. But designer fabrics that would look right at home in any designer boutique


Vegan Silk Stronger Than Kevlar! Polyester Made From Methane!

November 22nd, 2017 | by Susanna Schick

Last week, while the world’s eyes were on Tesla’s big announcements, the Cradle to Cradle Institute's Fashion Positive held a workshop on circular fashion. The workshop featured innovations with EVEN MORE potential to curb global warming! We heard from Lewis Perkins, President of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, then Annie Gullingsrud, Director of the Textile and Apparel Sector. She’s also written the book on the subject — Fashion Fibers: Designing for Sustainability


The Natural Gas Industry Is Fear-Mongering In California

November 14th, 2017 | by Susanna Schick

As solar, wind and batteries only get cheaper, the natural gas industry is starting to panic. Particularly now that they may be regulated into obsolescence in California. You know, the same industry that brought us the biggest natural disaster in the US wants to ensure its continued viability as a major source of electricity.


Move LA Works Toward Fixing LA’s Lack of Mobility

October 31st, 2017 | by Susanna Schick

LA. The initials conjure up many things, but everyone knows — the traffic sucks. Why it's the most heinously congested city in  the entire world has been covered thoroughly. At Friday's Move LA Transportation Conversation, we learned what's being done to fix that. Hint — the solution will not drive itself


Zero Motorcycles Launches 2018 Lineup — Quicker, Longer, Harder!

October 17th, 2017 | by Susanna Schick

Today, Zero Motorcycles released its 2018 models. While they don’t look much different from the 2017s on the outside (except the gorgeous new silver paint!), it’s what’s inside that counts. Like — 10% longer range thanks to new battery chemistry on all ZF7.2 and ZF14.4 models! Zero is also offering quick charging — 6 times faster, thanks to the 6kW charge tank accessory for S, SR, DS, and DSR models. That torque, though


Climate Devastation In Sequoia National Park

September 20th, 2017 | by Susanna Schick

On National Drive Electric Day (Week), instead of celebrating EV's like Kyle did in Santa Monica, I drove my SUV* to Sequoia National Forest where I joined over a million visitors to bear witness to the climate devastation our fossil fuel habit has wrought. Having grown up in Northern California, the Redwoods are more my home than the Sequoias. While the forest service and the department of the interior have done a lot to stop the damage to this fragile forest, I fear it may be too late. Looking out over Sequoia Kings Canyon from the Kings Canyon Panoramic Point, it seemed almost as many trees were dead as living


Electric Motorcycle Review — 2017 Zero DS 13.0

April 27th, 2017 | by Susanna Schick

Zero entrusted us with a 2017 DS 13.0 for a month. Robert and I took it through the paces both around Los Angeles and off road. We argued over which was the ultimate urban warrior — the Zero DS or the Zero FXS. I’ve been riding my FX(S)* every day since 2013, and consider it the best streetfighter ever made. Well, the newer FX’s are even better, but I own mine, so that’s an advantage worth keeping when money is tight. Both models are great for daily commuting in a city with some of the worst pavement in America, or if your commute includes dirt roads


Fiat 500e Review From Biker Chick

February 4th, 2017 | by Susanna Schick

Fiat cut me loose on the streets of LA in a 2016 500e to see if it could be as fun around town as it is on the track. I've driven both manual & automatic 500s, and a broad range of other electric cars. None of them as fun as the Fiat 500e. And it’s not just one biker chick saying this, plenty of car guys agree too.


An Open Letter To Investors In The Dakota Access Pipeline

November 29th, 2016 | by Susanna Schick

While Norwegian investors pull out because the DAPL does not meet their Corporate Social Responsibility requirements, and Energy Transfer Partners sells their company to Sunoco to better compete against Russia, I would like to propose that all investors pull their funds from this project, as there are other energy projects with a much higher ROI that actually build a stronger US economy. I am addressing Goldman Sachs because of their stated commitment to environmental stewardship and their long track record of successful investments



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