The Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide

Toyota RAV4 plug in hybrid electric SUV

Overview


Toyota Motor Corporation, known simply as Toyota, is a leading global automotive company. The company is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world and is headquartered in Aichi, Japan. The company has already established an enviable track record for the development and marketing of environment friendly hybrid vehicles. Toyota has one of the largest portfolios of mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs), currently 11 hybrid models. It is also a world leader in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The company currently has a portfolio of the following fully electric and plug-in electric vehicles:

  • Prius Plug-in
  • Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell
  • All New Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell
  • RAV4 Plug-In

Apart from the ubiquitous Toyota brand, the company also owns the Hino, Lexus, Ranz and Daihatsu brands.



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The Toyota RAV4 PHEV SUV


The RAV4 is a compact SUV and the first compact crossover from the Japanese manufacturer. It was introduced in 1994. The acronym RAV was derived from ‘Recreational Activity Vehicle’. The plug-in hybrid variant was launched in 2019 at the LA Auto Show. Sales commenced in Japan in 2020.

PHEVs are appropriate for individuals and families:

  • Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving
  • Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling
  • Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations
  • Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis
  • Keen to save money

It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.

The RAV4 plug-in electric SUV has a 18.1 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 46 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 40 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Toyota plug-in electric SUV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

Toyota RAV4 plug in hybrid electric SUV
The Toyota RAV4 PHEV (credit: Toyota)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric (2.5 Petrol Hybrid AWD-i)
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (3 Options)
Design (from £45,995)
Dynamic (from £46,895)
Dynamic Premium (from £50,395)

PROSCONS
Larger EV battery compared to other PHEVsInterior quality has room for improvement
Good EV range and cheap to run on electric modeNot the most inspiring drive
All-wheel drive (AWD) as standardExpensive

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (18.1 kWh)
Charging:On board charger: 6.6 kW AC (full battery charge: 2.5 hours)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:22g (CO2/km)
Warranty:10 years or 150,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1690
Width (mm):1855
Length (mm):4600
Wheelbase (mm):2690

2.5 Petrol Hybrid AWD-i
EV Battery Capacity:18.1kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):46 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (mpg):282.4
Charging:On board charger: 6.6 kW AC
Top Speed:111 mph
0-62 mph:6.0 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (hp):306 (hybrid system output)
Torque (Nm):227 (270-electric)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,930-1,995
Colours:5
Luggage capacity:520 L

Toyota RAV4 plug in hybrid electric SUV
The Toyota RAV4 PHEV (credit: Toyota)

Toyota RAV4 plug in hybrid electric SUV
The Toyota RAV4 PHEV (credit: Toyota)

Toyota RAV4 plug in hybrid electric SUV
The Toyota RAV4 PHEV (credit: Toyota)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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