How Much Does it Cost to Charge a Toyota Prime Model?

Charging a hybrid vehicle is supposed to benefit drivers and reduce emissions. Toyota offers both the Prius Prime and the RAV4 Prime for those that want a plug-in hybrid electric model. But how much does it cost to charge a Toyota Prime model?

Toyota’s hybrid lineup features several compelling models. The Toyota Prime models are the brand’s plug-in hybrids. But before buying one, buyers might want to how much it costs to charge a Toyota Prime model.

Charging the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime made its debut as Toyota’s first plug-in hybrid electric SUV. This plug-in hybrid SUV model starts at $38,100, according to Toyota USA. The estimated MPG/MPGe numbers are recorded by the EPA as 38mpg/94mpge.

A red RAV4 plug-in hybrid Toyota SUV sits on display
A Toyota Motor Corp. RAV4 plug-in hybrid SUV stands on display at the Toyota Mega Web showroom | Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

According to U.S. News and World Report, the 2021 RAV4 Prius Prime can go up to 42 miles on electric power alone. Factor in those EPA estimates and things are looking pretty good. Plus, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime comes with a 3.3-kW onboard charger as standard equipment. That means that this plug-in hybrid electric SUV will get a full charge from a household outlet (120-volt) in 12 hours. If you opt for plugging into a 240-volt outlet, it charges the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime all the way in 4.5 hours. There’s also an option for a 6.6-kW unit that works with a 240-volt outlet––that makes the time for a full charge just 2.5 hours.

Charging the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime

Toyota launched the Prius Prime in 2016. According to Toyota’s website, the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime starts at $28,220. Unlike the standard AWD powertrain we see in the RAV4 Prime, the Prius Prime comes only as a 2WD car. The EPA reports an estimated MPG/MPGe of 54mpg/133mpge.

According to U.S. News and World Report, it takes about 5.5 hours to charge the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime in a 120-volt home outlet. The 240-volt outlet charge will take approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes. However, while the RAV4 can go up to 42 miles powered solely by electric components, the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime will make it about 25 miles on electric-only power.

Is it cheaper to charge a Toyota Prime model than filling a gas-powered car?

Yes, the cost to charge a Toyota Prime model and filling it with fuel is generally going to be cheaper than a gas-powered car. A fully electric vehicle only takes on the cost of electricity for charging. But it ditches the cost of gasoline too.

A blue Toyota Prius Prime and another red Toyota on display in a showroom
Two Toyotas, including a Prius Prime, on display in a showroom | Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images

With a plug-in hybrid, you are looking at the cost of both charging and fuel. So is it actually cheaper? Yes again. The increase in efficiency is undeniable. The EPA estimates that drivers will save $4,500 in the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime over 5 years in fuel costs and $3,500 with RAV4 Prime.

How much does it cost to charge a Toyota Prime model?

The cost of charging a hybrid or electric vehicle will always depend on your price per kilowatt-hour. It will also depend on the availability of public charging infrastructure in your area. In our article about the costs of charging a Tesla, we go through the standard way in which we can calculate charging costs. In order to see how much a gas-powered vehicle costs per mile, you divide the number of miles driven by the estimated MPG. Then, you multiply that result by the cost of gasoline per gallon.


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For electric vehicles, you calculate this using the price per kilowatt-hour and the number of miles per kilowatt-hour. For a plug-in hybrid like the Toyota Prime models, you have to do both and combine the two taking into account the miles driven in all-electric mode and the combined mileage.

In the 2021 Toyota Prius Prime, the EPA reports an annual $600 combined cost of charging and gassing up. In the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, the combined costs are estimated at $800. For the blended cost of charging a Toyota Prime model and filling it with gas, owners of these plug-in hybrids are still expected to save over a thousand dollar each year––at the very least.