Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need gas in the tank?
You should never drive RAV4 Prime without gasoline in the tank. While, under certain conditions, you may drive on electricity alone, the vehicle always requires gasoline to operate properly.
Do I need to plug in RAV4 Prime to use it?
No, but it is generally advantageous to keep it charged. Depending on your electricity rate, you could save money by plugging it in. The more often you keep RAV4 Prime fully charged (at home, work or anywhere with a public charging station), the greater your chances of potential gasoline fuel savings will be, and the more adventures RAV4 Prime can take on.
How does it work?
RAV4 Prime uses a series parallel hybrid system, which means it can drive the wheels using both electric motors and/or its gas engine. A green battery indicator means RAV4 Prime can run on the electric motors only. When the battery indicator shows “reduced,” HV mode will be activated automatically, using both the gas engine and electric motors to drive the car as they are needed and available.
How long does it take to charge?
RAV4 Prime's battery can be fully charged in about 12 hours by plugging the included charging cable into a standard household outlet. (120V 12A) [prime_120v] When using a public charging station (240V), RAV4 Prime can be fully charged in as little as 4 hours and 30 minutes (16A), or 2 hours and 30 minutes with the 6.6 kW onboard charger on Prime XSE (32A).
How long is RAV4 Prime's battery designed to last?
The battery in RAV4 Prime is designed to provide years of trouble-free operation, backed by warranty. [hybrid_battery_warranty]
What is a plug-in hybrid?
A plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) has a large battery and powerful motors, allowing it to run much longer in full EV Mode and letting you enjoy a thrilling drive. You are in control and able to use less gas if you choose to plug it in either at home, at work or at a public charging station. If you don't want to plug it in, no problem. You can still drive the car in hybrid mode with great fuel economy.
What separates RAV4 Prime from other RAV4 Hybrid models?
Compared to RAV4 Hybrid, RAV4 Prime has an increased EV Mode driving range, more powerful electric motors and enhanced fuel efficiency. It continues to set itself apart with a unique front lower spoiler and diamond-pattern front grille. The available vertical LED accent lights help light the night in a most dramatic and efficient fashion.
What is RAV4 Prime's driving range?
RAV4 Prime has an impressive EPA-estimated EV Mode range rating of 42 miles if only recharging once. [rav4_prime_2021_ev_range] Actual range will vary depending on a number of factors, including refueling practices, vehicle conditions and how/where you drive your car.