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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 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

Zero Motorcycles Opens Its 1st Exclusive Dealership

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


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



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