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 Los Angeles 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

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


Tesla & SolarCity Prepare For World Domination (Original Reporting)

October 29th, 2016 | by Susanna Schick

Last night, on a back lot at Universal Studios, Tesla unveiled the most promising facet of its impending merger with SolarCity -- solar shingles as chic and efficient as their cars. These were paired with new Powerwall home batteries that have double the energy density of Tesla's first Powerwall product. You can watch the full video of the presentation in Steve's article or further down in this on. The event was primarily for Tesla owners, so it took me longer to get up the hill from the studio gate than it did to ride my Zero from Vernon at rush hour. But I did get to hitch a ride in a swanky Model X, which was a lovely way to start the Tesla world experience


CicLAvia Cycles East Los Angeles

October 21st, 2014 | by Susanna Schick

Bikocity. CicLAvia celebrated their 4th year by taking us on a 10 mile journey spanning Echo Park, downtown LA, and [&hellip


Sustainable Brands 2014 | Adapting to the Sharing Economy

June 6th, 2014 | by Susanna Schick

The sharing economy rose up on the strong foundation of social media as a way for people to survive the recent recession. It has persisted and grown stronger as job growth continues to stagnate and people enjoy making extra money. The sharing economy also reduces consumption by enabling people to rent instead of owning. This has proven very popular, especially with the Millennial generation, who are known for being less interested in car ownership. How can brands compete


Sustainable Brands 2014 | Wash Less, Wear More

June 5th, 2014 | by Susanna Schick

While most of America experienced epic snowfall last winter, the West is experiencing an epic drought, complete with inadequate supply in the local water storage facilities also known as snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Water is the world’s most vital resource, and increasingly scarce as the planet’s water supply remains static while human population grows exponentially. Levi’s Head of Global Product Innovation, Paul Dillinger, spoke at Sustainable Brands 2014 on what Levi Strauss is doing to design for sustainability


Sustainable Brands 2014 | Day One

June 4th, 2014 | by Susanna Schick

We're covering the San Diego leg of the 2014 Sustainable Brands conference, what is growing into the largest and most important sustainability conference in the world. They now have events in Istanbul, Rio, Buenos Aires, Boston, Kuala Lumpur, and London. This conference draws some of the largest brands in the world to discuss the latest innovations in sustainability as it pertains to their companies.


Can The EPA Make Fracking Safe?

May 29th, 2014 | by Susanna Schick

Don’t you hate it when people smugly tell you your EV is powered by coal? And you have to (yet again) remind them most* of the US grid is now powered by natural gas? So the EPA is finally stepping up, after toxic tap water, earthquakes, and shale deposits turning out to be much less productive than predicted. Here’s an overview of some of the big questions in the current fracking debate, with input from NRDC’s specialist on fracking, Matthew McFeeley


ACT Expo / NGV Conference Summarized | Driving With Gas

May 13th, 2014 | by Susanna Schick

At this conference I learned more about natural gas than I ever thought I’d want to know. The morning of day 2 began with a presentation by ExxonMobil on the rosy future of the fossil fuel industry. It was like watching a stork with his head in the sand trying to tell you that the sand is where it’s at. Only that stork is representing a multi-billion dollar publicly-held company. Which happens to have given a presentation that makes it seem as if they think that fossil fuels are still all that matters. And will be for the foreseeable future. He presented slides from this forecast


Sustainable Brands Returns To San Diego Next Month

May 9th, 2014 | by Susanna Schick

We will be covering Sustainable Brands again this year, looking forward to bringing you the latest news from some of the most successful companies in the world. Last year we learned more about who’s using recycled materials and how. We also learned about the future of affordable EV’s, what young people think of this whole sustainability thing, and more emerging trends in the field


Isidore — The Cure For Black Friday Overconsumption

November 27th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

While millions of Americans are doing everything they can to get the latest electronics, billions of discarded devices lie waiting to become truly obsolete in dusty basements everywhere. Some are lucky enough to get donated to charities that resell them to people who can't afford the latest and greatest. But most, about 75% of the e-waste America generates, winds up in a landfill somewhere. The toxic metals then mix with the liquids and can easily find their way back into the water supply. Meanwhile, circuit boards in public toilets are stripped for their precious metals, while the majority of offshore electronics recycling is done with little regard for health and safety


Los Angeles CleanTech Global Showcase | The Latest In Cleantech Innovation

November 11th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Last week, we covered the inaugural CleantechLA Global Showcase. With an 87% success rate, it's no wonder the LA Cleantech Incubator's babies provided a day of very exciting presentations. The companies presented some very exciting technologies, from a new type of lithium battery that lasts longer than any currently on the market to a fascinating new turbine inspired by the Fibonacci principle. The full list of presenting companies is in the program, here. The keynote on day 1 was presented by Matt Petersen, Los Angeles's first Chief Sustainability Officer.


Plug In Day 2013 (Los Angeles)

October 6th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Originally published on Gas2. This year’s Plug-In Day celebration may not have had hunky models riding motorcycles, but there were a [&hellip


Women In Green Forum 2013 | The True Revolutionaries

September 3rd, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

While a bunch of rich white men are off in the desert getting their freak on, a few hundred women gathered in a Beverly Hills conference room to politely discuss how they're actually changing the world. The Women in Green Forum began in 2009, and now holds events in both Los Angeles and Washington DC. The 2013 Los Angeles speakers included game-changer Kabira Stokes, founder of Isidore Recycling. She may look like any model/actress/entrepreneur you'd meet in LA, but she's a lot smarter than most.


Women In Green Forum 2013 | Ford’s Future Plastics

September 3rd, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

At the Women in Green Forum, we had the pleasure of not only watching Dr. Ellen Lee give a presentation on the work Ford is doing to end their dependency on petroleum-based materials, but also sat down with her to get to the tofu of the matter... Dr. Ellen Lee and her team spend their days devising new ways to make plastic more sustainable. She does this at Ford, so it’s not just about renewable resources, but also about reducing weight. She’s always on the lookout for the lightest materials with the lowest environmental impact at Ford prices


California Solar Farms Bring Home-Grown Solar Power (Exclusive Photos & Video)

July 23rd, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Sure, we've all heard about the skyrocketing growth of PV solar power in the state. We've reported it here, and on planetsave. But to see it happening is something else entirely. Riding from Los Angeles to Monterey to cover eRoadRacing for Gas2, I discovered California Valley is in the process of becoming a massive source of energy for the state. The valley has been largely uninhabitable for decades, thanks to excessive nitrates in the groundwater from all the cattle farming nearby. Here I stop and ask the only questions they're allowed to answer about Topaz Farms


There’s A Fortune In Your Trashcan | Sustainable Brands 2013

June 8th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

Recycling was a big topic at Sustainable Brands this year. More specifically, how brands are making money out of trash. A perfect storm of forces has coalesced to make recycled plastics more viable than they used to be, and sometimes more viable than virgin plastics. A persistently weak economy, a generation growing up with terror of environmental collapse, and the passion to do their best to prevent that, and “waste” becoming more plentiful than crude oil. William McDonough's pioneering work in Cradle to Cradle is finally heading into the mainstream



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