8 BMW Online Influencers You Need To Know

In the digital age where all the girls think they are Instagram models and all the guys are up and coming SoundCloud rappers being “slept on,” social media can be a pretty rough place to be forced to scroll through.

I mean what else are you going to do? Read a book? Hell no!

Let me introduce you some of the most influential gear heads in the world.

BMW Knowledge Leaders

AutoExpertTV

While his channel is not exclusive to BMW’s, John Cadogan, is a great guy to check to learn more about bimmers. Some of my personal favorites of his are about BMW inventing a CT scanner and the best German Car for $50k.

He has a unique way of relaying his thoughts and is definitely worth a watch!

Kevin Haskell

Who better to teach you about BMW than the former CEO of BMW himself? Kevin Haskell is extremely well-renowned globally for spearheading the success of multiple different brands including Porsche.

He now is a speaker that gives practical and inspiring lessons about driving success in businesses.

BMW Instagram Accounts to Follow

These aren’t just any gearheads either, these are born, bred and 93 octane fed bimmer enthusiasts. I will provide a trigger warning for you that some of these guys and girls have a much nicer car than you. So don’t be jealous, and give them a follow!

@darkknightm4 – Instagram

The man behind this beauty is Jake hailing out of West Chester, PA,

A car having over 150k followers with an engagement rate north of 3.5% is no easy feat.

With a name like Dark Knight, it’s only appropriate that Jake’s car is a pristine matte black. Although Bruce Wayne isn’t driving this Batmobile, it’s a pretty sweet ride.

If you’re tired of just looking at pictures, check out what she sounds like after leaving the bat cave here.

@bmwcoool – Instagram

K Mailk has been one of my personal favorite follows. The aesthetics he creates for the pictures on his account are so carefully thought out.

Start scrolling through his feed and you’ll get submerged into an urban Norway atmosphere, with his beautiful assortment of BMW’s that he and his buddies drive together.

@bmwfinest – Instagram

If you’re looking for less of a personal feel to an account, bmwfinest is the place for you. They accept submissions of people’s BMW’s from all over the world!

From M4’s cruising down the Vegas Strip to X5’s exploring the Alps, this account has it all!

BMW Blogs To Read

Bimmerpost

The biggest selling point to Bimmerpost is the fact you can choose news and forums to be separated by what BMW model it relates to.

You name a model and Bimmerpost has something to read about it.

If you don’t want to be specific to a model, choose the BMW series you’re most interested in! The possibilities and news are seemingly endless.

BimmerBoost

Bimmer Boost is more geared towards performance upgrades for your whip. They do a great job of compiling breakdowns of what performance parts (turbo, tires, tuners, etc) are best for BMW’s and how it effects how your baby will drive.

The site leans more to track enthusiasts so if you’re a casual BMW driver this may not be the site for you.

Yes, that was a challenge to check it out for yourself or follow them on Twitter.

Bimmertech

Bimmertech is about….you guessed it BMW technology! Their blog will keep you up to date with the latest OEM parts that BMW offers.

You’ll be able to learn about parts you never could have imagined are available.

See something you may be interested in? Just pop over to their shop page and see if it’s available for your model!

If all that isn’t enough to get you excited about Bimmers, follow Bimmer Forums for the best auto updates, car stories, insider tips, and the latest BMW news!

How Will The Green New Deal Change Transportation?

The Green New Deal (GND) is a resolution from U.S. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, both Democrats. It highlights the need to take bold measures to mitigate the growing threat of climate change, plus the prevalent problem of income inequality.

Transportation is a major aspect of the GND. Here are some of the transportation-related topics it covers and the changes that might occur.

A Net-Zero Emissions Goal

An earlier version of the GND set a milestone of the United States achieving zero emissions for the transportation, industrial and agricultural sectors by 2030. However, the latest edition of the GND proposes getting to the point of net-zero emissions. That means greenhouse gas emissions still happen, but at levels short of what the atmosphere naturally gets rid of or stores.

The people working to implement the changes rolled back their initial vision after realizing the difficulty of zero emissions in certain cases, such as for air travel.

More Dependence on Different Forms of Getting Around

People in the United States who can afford them love the convenience cars provide. Whether they’re going on long-distance road trips or heading across town for groceries, they hop into those vehicles and go.

The Green New Deal hopes to change that behavior. It proposes a high-speed rail network that helps people reach their destinations without booking flights. Some individuals pointed out that it’s not possible to cease using planes, but the GND doesn’t aim to do that.

It discusses “… overhauling transportation systems in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing; clean, affordable and accessible public transit; and high-speed rail.”

BMW’s i line features high-tech electric vehicles that help change people’s ideas about future cars, and numerous other manufacturers have followed suit with models that don’t need fossil fuels to run.

Ocasio-Cortez also advocated for using bike lanes and public transit on Twitter in mid-2018, although the GND doesn’t specifically mention the former. In any case, this plan seeks to encourage Americans to travel in ways that may be unfamiliar now but could become commonplace and even convenient.

There’s a lot of work to do before reaching that stage, however.

Automobile Enhancements Are Ongoing

Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announce a year long test of a BMW i3 electric vehicle at a City of Los Angeles press conference in Los Angeles, Sept. 11, 2015. Photo by Danny Moloshok/Newscast

Many people know the automobile industry takes continual steps toward progress in areas like fuel economy. For example, enhanced rolling resistance and better truck aerodynamics can cause such gains in long-haul vehicles. BMW, for example, intended to roll out more electric vehicles before the GND captured mainstream attention.

In early November 2018, BMW’s CEO said the brand aims to release five new all-electric vehicles by 2021. It also has other eco-friendly options in the works, such as plug-in hybrids. Those efforts align with what the GND hopes to do.

What About the Potential Downsides?

Some analysts chimed in to say that these transportation proposals are too far-reaching, especially in a short timeframe. Electric vehicles are far from mainstream adoption, only making up a tiny percentage of overall cars on the road. Moreover, although the prices have come down, they’re still not cheap and are likely out of reach for people in low-income brackets.

It’s also possible automakers would have to scale up their manufacturing efforts too quickly. Such rapid growth is undoubtedly difficult to manage.

Also, train travel works well for densely populated metropolitan areas, but not for residents in rural places. So, there are notable disadvantages for people in isolated towns that cannot afford electric vehicles — or cars of any type — and don’t have nearby rail networks to use.

Still in the Early Stages

In light of these possible pitfalls, people must keep in mind the “as much as is technologically feasible” line from the Green New Deal. It’s inevitable that some of the things proposed won’t work as well as advocates expect and could even be impossible.

On a positive note, perhaps the GND will encourage people to think about future improvements in the transportation sector with more open minds while being motivated by the time-based characteristic it brings.

Top Gear Reviews UK’s Sportier BMW i3s

BMW just released in Britain an i3s, the sportier version of its electric i3, with a larger 120 Ah battery. Top Gear decided to give the upgraded i3s a try, and the resulting review paints a pretty alluring picture of what it’s like to drive the car.

The i3s offers 182bhp, about 14 more than the i3, and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds, 0.4 less than the i3. It also features one-inch-bigger wheels, 10mm-lower suspension, a 40mm-wider track and extended wheel arches. The car’s max speed is 99mph.

The drive system now also has a new Sport mode, and you get a bespoke steering setup and slightly updated exterior design. The upgraded i3s costs £37,615, or about 49,022, new — about 3,258 more than the regular i3. Overall, Top Gear gave the BMW i3s a rating of 8/10.

2014 BMW All-Electric i3 Press Drive.

The Top Gear reviewer, Stephen Dobie, notes that on paper the differences between the i3s and i3 are pretty subtle. When it comes to how the car drives though, he writes, the i3s “does noticeably lift it to another level.” He notes that the acceleration is “flipping quick” up to 60 miles per hour, especially in the first 40. Lifting off the gas pedal often provides enough of a slowdown to navigate turns, speed bumps and the like without needing to hit the brakes.

Top Gear writes that the i3s handles well “to an extent.” Dobie notes the vehicle’s tall body and flighty steering as well as its rear-wheel drive and the fact that the car’s heaviest portions are set low. After some time, you’ll get used to how the car handles and even learn to take advantage of it to tuck into and out of corners, he writes.

“It’ll even indulge a small amount of silliness if you slacken off the stability control,” Dobie says. Loosening up the stability control with a few turns and clicks of the iDrive wheel will let you get enough momentum during a turn to enjoy some nano-slides.

The setup and design of the car seem to encourage you to drive fast, Dobie says. There’s a large fishbowl windscreen that gives you a clear view of the road, and a digital speedometer at the bottom of it. The way the car flat-lines its acceleration around the typical highway speed limit means you can get to the car’s fun dynamics without pushing too hard.

BMW Press

“What’s present here – and not in a Leaf, Zoe or Ioniq – is a real sense of humour, and layers of fun beyond those first few hits away from the traffic lights,” Dobie writes in his review. “Isn’t it vital to know as cars fundamentally change, their sense of fun is still tangible?”

Of course, if you drive hard, your range will decrease from the quoted 160 miles. The car doesn’t have the optional range extender, a small gas-powered engine, anymore either — it’s fully electric.

Based on this review though, it seems like enjoying the full extent of the driving experience the i3s has to offer might be worthing losing a bit of range now and then.

The Ultimate BMW Forum