Ive not tried this M8 deal yet. When you do it do you have to manually shift it the entire time?I'm not sure how an escape works but I've had multiple hybrid and phev in my house and the way they operate is both systems running at the same time maximizing efficiency. So for example the gas engine is on at 50% power and electric 50% and those % go up and down based on how you are driving.
Whereas on 4xe the hybrid mode is all electric first and then once depleted it switches to gas. While gas is "available" if you punch it, it's not used unless needed.
We know if we have a 100 mile trip that no matter the speed we go at, the battery will be depleted after the first 25 miles and when the trip is over the battery is at 0%. Whereas any other hybrid I could make a 100 mile trip and reasonably expect there could be 10% battery left.
That's why this thread is so facinating because if we drive in M8 then the system finally acts as a true hybrid and we can maximize battery efficiency