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posted on June 10th, 2016

The prominence of electric vehicles is reaching new heights in Europe, Tesla’s latest Model S has a hidden secret, and the Aston Martin Vulcan takes off. Check out this week’s car news from near and far.

Tesla’s new Model S 60

The new and improved Model S returns with a range of about 200 miles and a lower base price of $66,000. This Model S is equipped with some new features, like autopilot, all-wheel drive and a 75-kilowatt battery that performs like a 60-kilowatt, but can be unlocked for a fee to give the car extra range.

The high cost of car maintenance

YourMechanic, a network of mobile, on-demand mechanics (who happen to be Turo Car Care partners), recently analyzed their own massive dataset to determine which car brands have the highest maintenance costs over time. Which brand do you think is the priciest to maintain? (Hint: it starts with a B and ends with a W).

Norway gets greener

Norway announced its new transportation plan for 2018-2029 this spring, and the plan includes a proposal to limit the sale of gasoline cars, with the goal of making all cars electric by 2025. Whether or not Norway confirms the ban, it was good news to the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, who took his elation to Twitter.

Hot wheels in Britain

At the Coventry Motofest this past weekend, a parade of impressive cars sped their way through the converted sprint circuit on the city’s ring road, though none quite as charming as the Aston Martin Vulcan.

Goodbye to retro cars in Paris

Beginning in July, Paris will ban cars made before 1997 from entering the city center between 8 AM and 8PM. In the name of better air quality, the bigger plan is to extend the ban by 2020 to cars manufactured before 2010.

BMW i3 police car

The Los Angeles Police Department announced this week that it will be purchasing a fleet of BMW’s compact electric cars as part of a sustainability initiative. They’re primarily for community outreach, department transport, and other non-emergencies, but still a whole new take on the cruiser of days past. Just think of the ramifications for cop movies.

Kamala Puligandla is a writer and an editorial assistant at Turo. She is always on the hunt for a strange story, a great snack, and the perfect outdoor spot to consume them.