Aren’t you curious about what is done to your car during your yearly smog check? Every year or every other year I have to have a smog check done. In the past when I asked to do video taping, they always refused. Today I found a friendly shop to let me show you how exactly the smog check is done.
There are 2 different smog check procedures, one for cars from year 2000 and earlier, the other one is for newer cars (which is easier). There are 7 steps in your California smog check. They are computerized tests and takes about 20 seconds for each test. If you pass the test, the report then is sent directly to the DMV electronically.
california smog check
2000 and earlier
tail pipe sensor
High definition video may help you see all of this better. This video is shot in the 4K UHD setting (if you have 4K TV, you may select this Youtube Setting/Quality).
Fears associated with your electric cars? Many people told me: not being able to unplug. Many drivers found they couldn’t unplug their cars after charging had completed. Here I will show you 4 situations that you are not able to unplug from a level 3 quick charger and what you could do.
How Do You Get Free EV Charging at Public Places?
Your employer may provide you with free EV charging. But how do you get free charging at public places? It could be either with a RFID card or without a card. 1.Here are a few examples without a RFID card
A. Level 1
Free Charging at High & Alma Garage, 430 High Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
B. Level 2
Free Charging at Palo Alto Public Parking, 533 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
C. Level 3
EV charge station at Walgreens 399 El Camino Real South San Francisco, CA 94080
2. And then all the car dealership currently would offer free, Nissan, Fiat, Ford, Kia etc. The only problem with some dealership is that they may less welcome you by saying they have their own customers waiting to charge. A lot of free L2 chargers at the dealership don’t need RFID card, while L3 quick chargers a likely require RFID card.
Free Charging at Nissan Dealer, 4855 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051 USA
Free Charging at Nissan Sunnyvale, 680 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
EV quick charge station at Premier Nissan of San Jose, 1120 Capitol Expressway San Jose, California 95136
EV quick charge station at Capital Kia, 755 Capitol Expressway Auto Mall San Jose, CA 95136
3. When the station was built with government grant, the charge stations were free. Some new stations are free because they are new, and then there are not free later. Nissan has No Charge To Charge program for a new Nissan Leaf owner to have free charge for the first 2 years, after the first 2 years, it’s no longer free. Below are some free stations I have used in the past
New EV Charger at Free & Easy, 1180 N Fair Oaks Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Free Charging at Downtown Alma Garage, 528 High St Palo Alto, CA 94301
Free Charging at 355 Alma St Palo Alto, CA 94306
EV quick charge station at Whole Foods Market, 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
EV quick charge station at Santa Clara Public Lib, 2635 Homestead Rd Santa Clara, CA 95051
EV quick charge station at Free And Easy, address: 1180 N Fair Oaks Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94089
EV quick charge station at Whole Foods Market, address: 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos CA 94022
EV quick charge station at Ohlone College, address: 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA, 94560
EV quick charge station at Stanford Shopping Center,250 Quarry Rd Palo Alto CA 94304
EV quick charge station at Whole Foods Market 777 The Alameda, San Jose, CA
EV quick charge station at Walgreens, 1399 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, CA, 95126
EV quick charge station at Walgreens, 200 N Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050
EV quick charge station at 2050 Channing Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303
EV quick charge station at Avaya stadium,1145 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
EV quick charge station at Walgreens, 780 East Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA 95112
Level 2 charge station at Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expy, San Jose, CA 95118.
4. Then it is the free charge stations have problems. The problems may not be fixed for a long time.
EV Quick Charge Station at Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA, 95054
Problem at Walgreens, 200 N Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050
EV quick charge station at 447 Great Mall Drive Milpitas, California 95035