Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid (2021)

The complete guide to charging your Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid (2021), covering electric range, how long it takes to charge, how much it costs, and much more.

Last updated: Apr 05, 2024 7 min read

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Key stats
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Range (WLTP):

46 miles

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Electric cost/mile:


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Rapid charge:


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EV type:

Plug-in hybrid


Once upon a time, Toyota said the RAV4 only needed self-charging hybrid power; now, they offer a much-improved fifth generation of the SUV as a plug-in hybrid variant. The new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid faces some stiff competition in a very busy family SUV PHEV market, but it manages to stand out with its striking angular design. It’s also surprisingly efficient considering its boxy design, with a fuel economy of 282.4 mpg (if charged regularly) and CO2 emissions of just 22 gCO2/km, which puts it in one of the lowest company car BiK rates.

Charging Details

Charging time for a Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid

The table below shows the estimated time to charge your RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid from empty to full. For rapid charging, we show the time to charge from 20% - 80%, as charging tends to slow outside this range to protect the battery.

Charging method Typically found at Charging time* Range/hour**
Empty to full
3-pin plug Home 8 h 6 m/h
3.6kW Home / Work 5 h 9 m/h
7kW Home / Work / Public Locations 3 h 16 m/h
22kW Work / Public Locations 3 h 16 m/h
50kW Public Locations N/A N/A
150kW Public Locations N/A N/A

* Based on Pod Point estimates, charging time can differ based on the ambient temperature, the state of the battery (e.g. empty or half full) and variation in charging rate. Max charging rate may also be limited by the vehicle.
** Range per hour is the number of miles you can expect to get from an hour of charging at the relevant rate.

Connector type and charging rates

You can charge your Toyota RAV4 with a Type 2 connector at home, work or at a public charging point.

Slow / Fast: Type 2

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Max AC 1-phase rate: 6.6kW
Max AC 3-phase rate: 6.6kW
Connector location: Right Side - Rear

Where you can charge a Toyota RAV4

You can charge your Toyota RAV4 conveniently at home, plug-in when you arrive at work or top up when you're out and about at locations including supermarkets and public car parks.

At Home

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7kW Solo Charger

Find out more about Smart Home Charging

At Work

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7kW Solo Charger*

Find out more about Workplace EV Charging
Built Environment Charging

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7kW Solo or Twin Charger

Find out more about Built Environment Charging
On Public Networks

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7kW Solo Charger & Rapid Charging**

Charging on the Pod Point Network

* Other charging options are also available, speak to our team for more information.
** Available for vehicles with either CCS or CHAdeMO connectors.

Cost to charge

Cost of charging a Toyota RAV4

The cost of charging your car will vary between home, work and public chargepoints (below are our estimates). Charging on the Pod Point Network can be accessed through the Pod Point App.

Place Avg. cost Cost/mile
Home (empty to full)* £4.56 11.67p
Public rapid chargers (20%-80%)** N/A N/A

* Assumes tariff of 28p/kWh. The cost of home charging will vary depending on your electricity rate.
** Assumes tariff of 44p/kWh applicable to most network rapid chargers as of April 2022.

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Vehicle Specs

Official range (WLTP*) 46 miles
Pod Point Confidence Range** 39 miles

* For information on "WLTP" and more, please visit our Electric Vehicle Dictionary.
** Pod Point Confidence Range is the maximum distance we’d be confident driving on electric power between charges. Real range will depend on various factors including driving conditions, personal driving style, outside temperature, heating / air conditioning, etc.

0-62 mph 6 seconds
Top speed 111 mph
Engine power 302 bhp / 225 kW
Torque 227 Nm
Battery size 18.1 kWh
Usable battery (Pod Point estimate) 16.3 kWh
Official battery efficiency (WLTP) 350 Wh/mile
Battery efficiency (Pod Point estimate) 417 Wh/mile
Environmental impact
Official MPG (WLTP) 282 mpg
Official CO2 emissions (WLTP) 22 gCO2/km
CO2 emissions from UK grid electricity usage (Pod Point calculated)* 49 gCO2/km

* This metric estimates the environmental impact of driving your electric vehicle based on how the electricity that powers your car is generated. We take the average carbon intensity across the UK grid measured throughout 2021 to calculate the expected grams of CO2 emitted per 1 km driven. The actual number will vary by region, when you charge (e.g. carbon intensity is usually lower overnight period) and whether your electricity comes from more renewable sources than the average.

Purchase, Tax & Grants

The Toyota RAV4 is only eligible for the EV chargepoint grant, but you will benefit from £0 year 1 road tax.

OTR price* £41,750

* On-the-road price including Plug-in Grant, if applicable.

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) Amount
Year 1 £0
Years 2-5 £510
Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax year BiK tax rate Annual BiK value
For cars registered after 6 April 2020
22/23 8% £3,336
23/24 8% £3,336
24/25 8% £3,336

* For further information including how to calculate personal BiK liabilities, please visit our Electric Car Tax guide.

Local taxes Amount
London Congestion Zone Charge* £15
Ultra Low Emission Zone Charge** £0

* A £10 annual registration fee will still apply to each vehicle.
** For further information on London's Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ), please visit our ULEZ guide.

Insurance group 34-35
Grant name Eligibility Amount Benefit
OZEV EV chargepoint grant £350 Can be used to reduce the cost of a home charger with installation
OZEV Plug-in Grant £0 Used to reduce the cost of the vehicle
EST Domestic Charge Point Grant (currently unavailable) £300 Can be used in Scotland in addition to the EV chargepoint grant to reduce the cost of a home charger with installation

* Prices for vehicles are typically displayed with the Plug-in grant discount already applied. Home charging grants are dependent on status of the grant, and subject to eligibility requirements of the applicant as well as the vehicle.