2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg. Plano, TX
As long as you have an engine, a 2.5L with industry-leading 41% thermal efficiency on RAV4 Prime, you really dont have to worry about using the heating and cooling like the EV does. With current gas price $3.29 / gal. in California, itd take many years to recoup the additional cost on a normal hybrid. But plug-in hybrid is a totally different story. The electricity used to charge the PHEV is much cheaper. And PG&E in Bay Area also gives 50% off overnight to the customers if you meet certain requirements charging the EV. PHEV offers the best of both worlds. You dont need to worry about the driving range and long charging time limited by the EV, and still PHEV gives you excellent gas mileage. Gas saving on Prius Prime plug-in hybrid is real. Friends 2017 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid has only stopped at the gas station ONCE for 9 gallons of gas in his 3+ years of ownership!I*m curious what the overall efficiency of the RAV4 prime will be when heating and cooling are factored in. Obviously different areas of the country will have varying cost of operation. I like the idea of owning an electric or hybrid car but I would first want to have an idea of the payback on the added cost for my location and amount of miles driven per year.