Charging Prius Prime

Everything Prius Prime drivers need to know about charging an electric vehicle

The Toyota Prius has been the quintessential green car for over a decade. The Prius’s “Prime” version, the company’s brand name for plug-in hybrids, raises the bar even higher for efficiency and reduced emissions. The plug-in variant of the classic liftback model is equipped with an 8.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack that provides 25 miles of all-electric range.

In previous years, the plug-in Prius had room for four passengers. But starting with the 2020 model, Toyota has expanded the second row to make the Prius Prime a five-passenger vehicle. The hatchback now offers 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which gives it more utility than many mid-size sedans. The Prius Prime has sharper angles and a tapered front end to provide the family-friendly car a slightly sporty feel to go with its stellar efficiency.

Toyota Prius Prime Charging & Range

The Prius Prime can travel about 25 miles before using any gasoline. The 2020 model’s powertrain allows highway driving of up to 84 miles per hour before the engine is used. So, for many commuters—especially those who can plug-in during the day—the Prius Prime will remain in all-electric mode for the lion’s share of daily driving. For those all-electric miles, the Prius Prime is rated at the equivalent of 133 miles per gallon.

But the Prius Prime really stands out as an efficient car after those first 25 EV miles. After the plug-in power is depleted, the Prius Prime works like a conventional hybrid that mixes power from its gas engine and electric motor. At that stage, the Prius Prime is rated at an impressive 54 miles per gallon.

It’s quick and easy to charge the Prius Prime, which is equipped with a 3.3-kW onboard charger. Using a conventional household 120-volt outlet, you can fully recharge the Prius Prime in about 5.5 hours. With a highly recommended Level 2, 240-volt charging station, the complete charging time is cut down to about two hours. This enables quick fill-ups throughout the day, maximizing EV miles. The Prius Prime does not support DC fast charging.

Toyota continues to expand the all-electric range of its plug-in hybrids. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime offers 42 miles of all-electric range.

Toyota Prius Prime Charging Times

Model Year

2019 Prius Prime
2020 Prius Prime

Max Charge Rate

3.3 kW
3.3 kW

Battery Size

8.8 kWh
8.8 kWh

Charge Time on L1

5.5 hours
5.5 hours
Charge Time with JuiceBox 32
~2 hrs, 10 min
~2 hrs, 10 min

All Electric Range

25 miles
25 miles

Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid Charging Stations

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JuiceBox Benefits for Toyota Prius Prime Drivers

High power vehicle charging

The JuiceBox 32 (7.7 kW) provides the power you need to quickly charge your Prius Prime and future-proofs your home charging for other pure EVs.

Standard 240V outlet

Toyota Prius Prime owners and all other EV drivers can easily utilize the same charger.

Reduce power, if your circuitry is limited

With JuiceBox, you can de-rate the power for charging when circuit breakers have limited capacity. You can also share electric vehicle loads across multiple JuiceBox stations.

Charge using more renewable energy

With JuiceNet Green, all U.S. Toyota Prius Prime drivers can optimize charging for when renewables are high and electricity costs are low. Additionally, purchase JuiceEco Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to accelerate into 100% clean driving.

Toyota Prius Prime Customer JuiceBox Reviews

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars: Great product

    Great product. My son installed it for me on my garage wall. Great for charging my Prius Prime. Thank you for a great product.

    May 7, 2019
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars: Seamless operation, extra capacity for the future

    The flexibility of having a scheduled charge time (I am on a time-of-day rate with my utility now) but with the ability to override and begin charging instantly from my phone is great. The free phone app keeps records of charging sessions and even shows what the real-time and day-ahead markets for electricity in your area are. Just in case you want to help out your utility by charging when their cost is the absolute minimum. They even have an in-app rewards program. The 40 amp capability is way more than my Prius Prime will accept, but I am looking ahead to buying a true EV for my wife in a few years and thought I would get ready for that now, rather than buying a second EVSE later.

    May 24, 2019