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

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


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



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