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2 Ways to Significantly Reduce Charging Times in 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

I will show you how to maximize your 2021 RAV4 Prime charge times. It is easier than you think.
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This year was an exciting year for Toyota RAV4. The wildly popular small SUV continued to outsell all competition.
RAV4 is versatile, trustworthy and fun to drive.

We also saw the launch of probably the most interesting and exciting Toyota in recent years.

Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Think about in your mind a traditional RAV4 Hybrid. Now increase its strength to 302 horsepower. Improve its 0-60 time to just 5.7 seconds. And increase its fuel efficiency to 94MPGe (gasoline + electricity combined).

Oh yeah and give it 42 miles of driving on a single electric charge (it is also very comfortable).

Today I look at three different ways to charge your RAV4 Prime.

2021 RAV4 Prime Standard Charging

A 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is equipped with a 3.3 kW on-board charger. It can fully charge in either 12 hours or 4.5 hours depending on the charge source.

Both RAV4 Prime SE and XSE come with factory-installed 3.3 kW chargers. You can upgrade this charger with an XSE Premium Package to decrease your time even further. More on that below.

VIDEO: How to charge your Toyota RAV4 Prime

A standard 120V grounded power source like you find in your home and garage is perfectly suitable for charging your RAV4 Prime. This will fully charge in about 12 hours.

Many people choose to upgrade their at-home charging unit. This upgrades you to 240V. The benefit here significantly reduces your RAV4 Prime charging time to 4.5 hours.

Toyota RAV4 Prime 6.6kW

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If you want to complete a full electric charge much faster, equip your 2021 RAV4 Prime with an optional 6.6kW on-board charger.

There is one way to get this – ask for the Premium Package with your RAV4 Prime XSE. Premium Package can only come from the factory before purchase.

This will reduce your charge time all the way down to 2.5 hours.

Imagine being able to cut nearly 10 hours off the time it takes to fully charge.

Benefits of RAV4 Prime Electric Charge

A full electric charge means a driver can travel up to 42 miles on just electric power alone – no gasoline. This maximum distance can be affected by several factors including weather conditions, driving style, outside temperature, and type of roads (flat, hilly, mountainous).

I recently evaluated a 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime and routinely got about 36-42 miles on one charge. I tried to mix up my driving patterns to see how it would change.

Time for your Toyota RAV4 comments

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Do you own either a Toyota RAV4, a RAV4 Hybrid, or a RAV4 Prime? If so, feel free to share your experiences so far.

How do you like it and how is your gas mileage?

Does a RAV4 Prime appeal to you?

We also have a Prius Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the Toyota lineup. Toyota plans to launch one more Toyota PHEV and two Battery Electric Hybrids (BEV) by end of 2021.

What do you think this PHEV will be and what current model would you like to see as a plug-in hybrid?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I discuss potential mpg for 2022 Tundra.

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"I will show you how to maximize your 2021 RAV4 Prime charge times. It is easier than you think." Not so easy if "your 2021RAV4 Prime" is already yours. You have to sell it and order one with the 6.6kw charger. Which is not easier than I would think.
BEV does not stand for Battery Electric Hybrid. It stands for Battery Electric Vehicle. No gas. Hybrid means uses gas.
Hey Jeff, Some comments from North of the border, thought I'd share some differences and experiences. We waited quit a bit longer to get the RAV4 Prime in Canada, I was luck to be close to the top of the list at my local dealer, finally got mine a month ago. Neat thing about the Canadian version, both trim levels come standard with the 6.6kW charger so my SE already has it standard. Standard is also what the US weather package option adds, really nice to have all heated seats and steering wheel in the SE. That all said, missing in the SE is the power lift gate and also only had 3 colour choices, small price to pay for the better charger and weather package features. Was nice to see the ICE not kick in a few weeks ago on EV mode when temps were sub-32. Economicy wise, while I do have fun with the abundant acceleration from time to time, it's quite easy to push 42-46mi on EV only mode and if you're judicious with the accelerator, averaging 130mpge is a breeze, that's where I'm at after 750mi. I figure after the pandemic is over and it's back to the office, based on what I've seen so far, will easily make 100mpge Awesome car, just loving it so far but wish Lunar Rock were an option for us here...
Took delivery of a 2021 RAV4 prime one month ago. So far in EV mode I routinely get 45-48 miles on a full charge (AMAZING). In hybrid mode I am averaging 43 MPG. Only thing I wish I had is the 6.6kw onboard charger. It would make stoping for a charge at a free charging station much more time friendly Other than that I am looking forward to the Toyota all electric vehicles
I bought a 2021 SE Prime with the sunroof and weather packages in Sept 2020 so about 7 months. I have also averaging about 45-48 miles of pure electric. I use the charge mode a lot to run on gas and recharge the battery once the battery is nearly depleted. In order to operate in charge mode there must be some battery range so I charge around 1 to 2 miles of range. I am averaging about 1200 miles on a tank of fuel which includes lots of charging and shorter trips. I do agree that a 6.6 KW charger would be huge to allow for about 2 hours to get to 100% as opposed to needing about 4.5 hours. It would likely cost the same to charge but it takes less time and that is most valuable to me.
My thoughts exactly. My XSE Prime has the 3.3kw onboard charger. Is it possible to upgrade the charger to 6.6kw and not have to buy a new vehicle?
Hi William I just purchased the same car as you. What am I doing wrong that I do not get that many miles from my charge? I am only getting about 1/2 of that.
You're driving 85mph. The 42 miles is city/highway, with the highway not exceeding 60mph.
Does anyone know how I can get a faster charge (4.5 - 5 hours charge time) with the 3.3 kW charger? I know it says 240v / 50 amp. But my electrician is telling me I cannot do that with my charger. Can someone help explain the best way to achieve this?
My 2021 RAV4 Prime is an XSE nicely equipped but does not include the premium package with the 6.6kw charger. Since mine has the 3.3kw charger, is it possible to upgrade to the 6.6kw to reduce charging times? I love the car and don't want to search for another one, only want to reduce charge times.
Jeff Brought home the prime XSE with premium 6.6 kw charger on board and plugged into 110v/20 amp outlet- still charging after 12 h. Whatsup? Do I need 240 to get to the 2.5 hr? The plug doesn’t have 240 interface or supplied adapter. Is there a separate Toyota charge cord for 240 outlets? Doesn’t come with premium package? Shouldn’t the 6.6 get less than 12 hr charge time even on 110? Thanks from newbie!
Hi Jeff; My wife and I have the same question. We have the same vehicle. No one can seem to answer that question ;even Toyota. If you find out the answer, could you let me know. Thank you!
Yes, you need to have 240V hooked up to the car to see the 2.5 hour charging times. For reference, 120V * 15 A is 1.8kW, which means you would not be maxing out the charging speed of even the 3.3kW charger. To hit 3.3kW, divide 3.3kW by 240V to see 13.75A, which is how much current you would need to be drawing to max out that charger and hit the 4.5 hour charge time. To max out the 6.6kW one, 6.6kW/240V = 27.5A, which would require wiring up something like a NEMA 14-30 outlet. NEMA 14-50 is what you'd typically find at a campground, so it would probably make sense to wire that in, and then have that plug handy anytime you go camping at an RV park. Hope that answers your questions.
I have a XSE Rav4 Prime and currently using the supplied 110v charger to charge the 6.6k system. I recently had my garage wired with 220v 50 amp outlet. I would like to purchase a level 2 smart charger (for future all electric vehicles) to charge the Rav4. Does Toyota have a 220 charging unit that would work with the Rav4 XSE?
I just installed the ChargePoint home charger today 240 V 50 amp breaker in my panel. I have the SE with the 3.3 kW charger. 4.5 hours from 0 to full. Since I have a 50 amp breaker I have kind of future approved the charger for future all electric vehicles.
Your car is actually charged by current, not wattage or voltage. Physics: 3300 KW / 110V = 30 Amps max. Most household circuits are 15-20 Amps and that charges your car in 12 hours Now 6600KW/110V is 60 Amps but your circuit can still handle only 15-20 Amps so the car will charge at the same rate. You will need 240V with a 50Amp circuit to charge faster.
You need 16A at 240v to charge in 4.5 hours with either the 3.3 or 6.6 charger and 32A at 240v to charge in 2.5 hours.
No, you need 220 amps to get the faster charge times
Can you explain why the Rav 4 prime is unavailable in WA state? Where can a consumer find the Rav 4 Prime? Thanks
We would like to purchase a level 2 charger (garage to be wired 220v 60 amp) for RAV4 SE. Hope someone can recommend
Get the Juicebox 48 amp if you're going to go all electric one day. If not, the 32 amp model should work for you.
Hey Ash, Feel free to shoot me an email. I work at a dealership where we have a few RAV4 Prime Se available right now.
Thank you Gavin and Rahul for the physics primer- just what a newbie needed.At 110 V on 15 A circuit, 12 hr plus will be needed to charge despite 6.6 kW charger. Ihave a 240 V outlet 40 amp circuit but no Toyota charge cable available to hook up. Will look at aftermarket or go to plug in joice box 32 at Hanif suggested. Great forum- thanks all! Dave
Hope there is a way to upgrade it in the future the 3kw charges so slow if you are on the road would be nice to charge it faster.
I bought a 2021 Rav4 Prime XSE with the premium, weather, and premium audio packages. I drove from Nashville to Irmo, SC to pick it up. I traded in my 2014 Volt. On my way back from SC I noticed that the gas tank from almost empty would only fill up to 10 gallons and not the 14.5 total gallons. I am bringing it in tomorrow for review. I have found similar issues online related to Rav4 hybrids, but not for the 2021 Prime. I am also noticing that from my 120V outlet in my garage it is maximizing out @ 35 miles on a full charge and not the 42 as advertised. I know temperature can impact charge amounts, but I would expect closer to 42 miles. Thoughts?
I have the same specs XSE. Initially it was showing 36-37 miles on full charge. As I drove it daily it updated full charge numbers and now I’m seeing 49 without AC and 46 with AC. Depends on the speed you drive at too and your acceleration and braking style. Haven’t used gas yet and my tank is still full after about 500 miles. Most cars keep at least 2 gallons in reserve so 4 gallons seems excessive - you should get that checked out.
over last 3 days I experienced low battery charge after 12 hours of charging (have the non premium package XSE). Woke up with limited EV battery autonomy (25miles on average). No messages, no cold weather (in Canada). WOndering if anyone else had similar experience. Albert
I have a 2021 RAV4 Prime XSE with weather package, not premium. I would like to put in a 240, 16 amp outlet in garage to get the 4.5 hour charge time. Do I need to install a level 2 charger like the juicebox or can I just find a 240 charging cord to plug into a 240 outlet? JC
240v charging cord on 240v outlet should give you roughly the same charging time. Make sure you get the right cord. NEMA 14-30, 14-50 etc
Rahul - thank you. Once I have the 240 outlet installed, will that tell me which type NEMA plug-in to purchase? Can you recommend a brand of charging cord? Janette

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