cruxf22 wrote:In my Energi, the electric motor does all engine braking in L unless the battery is completely full (then the engine turns on to provide engine braking). Since the electric motor does the "engine braking", it regens the battery more than when coasting in D. You can modulate the brake pedal to get the same effect just like in the FFE, but in general, the electric motor is slowing the car down while putting electricity back into the battery. It works the same as the L or B gear in any other PHEV or BEV, just not quite strong enough for one pedal driving. It's true that efficiency will be worsened if you let L slow you down too fast and then have to accelerate again to maintain speed.
Maybe there is a difference in the way L is handled between the HEV and PHEV C-Maxes and that is not reflected in the owners manual. In which case, maybe the off pedal quasi "one pedal" deceleration / regen could be higher.
The Focus will be capable of greater regen torque though, but that will require pushing the pedal! I wish we had a true one pedal mode like the Bolt and i3.