Do Diesel and Hybrids Need Smog Checks?
All hybrid vehicles now undergo smog checks, after being essentially exempt since their launch in 2000.
When hybrids were first put on the market, a smog test could not be performed due to the unsuitable equipment for hybrid vehicles.
The vehicles could not be tested with the traditional tailpipe test due to the hybrid that switches over to its electric motor when traveling at low speeds.
Now with the Biennial Smog Test, the Hybrid Vehicles are being tested and controlled.
“All hybrid vehicles will be subject to a Smog Check, as will traditional gasoline vehicles. Hybrid vehicles of six model years and newer are exempt from the biennial Smog Check requirement. Hybrid vehicles of four model years and above Recent are also exempt from the Property Change Smog Verification Requirement. ”
For diesel vehicles, models built before 1998 or with a GVWR of 14,000 pounds, natural gas electric vehicles over 14,000 pounds, motorcycles, trailers, and gas-powered vehicles of 1975 and older will be exempted from smog controls. All other vehicles are subject to smog checks or will be charged until a smog check has been performed on the motor vehicle.
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