Toyota RAV4 Prime Battery Charge Time

It’ll take anywhere from 2.5 hours to 12 hours to fully charge your Toyota RAV4 Prime. Click here for the key to faster charging.
Written by Macy Fouse
Reviewed by Brittni Brinn
Your Toyota RAV4 Prime will get the quickest charge with a Level 2 public charging station (240V)—but the time it takes will depend on which onboard charger you have. It’ll only take 2.5 hours with a 6.6 kW charger, but it may take closer to 4.5 hours with the 3.3 kW.
Electric vehicles
may be taking over, but between charge times and charging stations, they aren’t without their drawbacks. That’s where plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) like the Toyota RAV4 Prime come in. With chargeable batteries that provide electric-only driving and a gas-powered engine, you’ll never have to worry about finding a last-minute charging station. 
That being said, you’ll still need to figure out the charging basics to take advantage of the top-notch efficiency. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about charging your Toyota RAV4 Prime.
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How long does a Toyota RAV4 Prime take to charge?

That answer hinges on a handful of factors, but you can expect your RAV4 Prime to be charged between 2.5 hours and 12 hours.
What makes up for the difference? The time it takes to charge your RAV4 Prime will depend on two things: which onboard charger you have and what kind of charger you use. All RAV4 Prime models come standard with a 3.3-kW onboard charger, but higher trims come with the option to upgrade to a 6.6-kW onboard charger
Onboard chargers convert AC power (the standard type) into the DC power needed to charge your PHEV. The RAV4 Prime only comes with one battery type—an 18.1-kWh 335V lithium-ion—which earns an EPA-estimated range of 42 miles of electric-only driving (and an impressive 94 MPGEe in combined driving). The difference in chargers doesn’t affect your range or power—the only difference in these chargers is how fast they can juice up your SUV.
Here’s how long your RAV4 will need to charge with each onboard charger:
  • 3.3kW: 4.5 hours to 12 hours
  • 6.6kW: 2.5 hours to 12 hours
That’s a pretty wide range if you’re in a hurry to hit the road, but the charging method you choose will determine how long it takes to charge your RAV4 completely. For this PHEV, you’ll have three different charging methods to pick from. Let’s look at each of them.
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At-home charging speeds for a Toyota RAV4 Prime

The easiest way to charge your RAV4 Prime is by simply plugging it into any ole three-pronged household outlet, which is considered a Level 1 charger (120V). Your RAV4 Prime comes with a charging cable fit for 120V outlets, so this may be the handiest method—but it’s also the longest one
Using a Level 1 charger will take your RAV4 Prime between 10.5 and 12 hours to charge regardless of which onboard charger you use. That’s because 120-volt outlets are restricted to carrying 15 amps of electricity, so you’ll need a more powerful outlet if you’d rather not wait that long to enjoy electric-only driving again. 
To boost your charging time, you can purchase a charging cord adapter or a charging cord for a 240-volt outlet (Level 2 charger). These types of outlets are typically what you plug your dryer or oven into, but you may also have one in your garage. Utilizing this method can charge your RAV4 in just 4.5 hours with the 3.3-kW onboard charger and a mere 2.5 hours with the 6.6-kW. 
Pro Tip: Before you use your 240V outlet, you’ll want to check how many amps it can carry. A charging cord providing 32 amps will require a minimum of 40 amps on a circuit for charging. Any less than that will take longer to charge your RAV4 Prime.
If you don’t have a 240-volt outlet in your garage—or have a garage at all—you’re not out of luck. To make charging more convenient, you can have an at-home Level 2 charger installed by
Toyota partner companies
—but expect to pay from $1,300 to $2,000 for the charger and installation service. 
Home charging method
RAV4 Prime 3.3kW onboard charger
RAV4 Prime 6.6kW onboard charger
120-volt outlet (Level 1)
12 hours
12 hours
240-volt outlet (Level 2)
4.5 hours
12.5 hours
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Public charging speeds for a Toyota RAV4 Prime 

If you’re not ready to bite the bullet and add a Level 2 charger at your home, you can find Level 2 chargers at almost any public charging station. You’ll still have to wait between 2.5 and 4.5 hours to reach a full charge, though. 
Level 2 chargers generally cost between $0.30 and $0.60 kWh to use on average, so you’ll likely pay less than $10 to fully charge your RAV4 Prime at a public station.
If you’re familiar with the EV world, you may have heard about public DC fast charging stations, which are considered Level 3 chargers. These types of chargers can refuel a fully-electric vehicle in a matter of minutes—but here’s the bad news: because it’s a PHEV, the RAV4 Prime is not capable of any Level 3 charging methods. That means charging stations like CHAdeMO, CCS, and Tesla Superchargers are off-limits. 
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