For outside air temperature
For outside air temperature reading, you can install a Gentex autodimming mirror that has a temperature sensor on it. This can be connected directly to the 12V battery in the engine compartment, thus not interferring with any other items. Ford actually sells this item on their regular Escape version and may do so with the 2007 Hybrid version.
You do not have to worry about the Scanguage voiding your warranty as it plugs into the ORB port.
Ford thought I was using the
Ford thought I was using the SGII to reprogram my FEH's PCM (computer). The PCM was reporting my HV battery was bad (it wasn't) and Ford was looking for ways to say I voided my warranty. After they researched my SGII, Ford concluded I had a bad relay and my SGII was no problem. Ford Engineers knew I won first place of over 60mpg at Hybridfest, and thought I had modified my vehicle. The problem was I didn't drive my vehicle, I just used Debbie Katz vehicle who was also in the MPG Challenge just before I drove.
The Federal law requires cars sold in the USA to have the OBDII connection so Scan Tools can be plugged in to determine emission problems that display common error codes. This makes the SGII an exception to electronic equipment added to the vehicle no manner what the workshop manuals say. This is why I left my SGII plugged in when it was towed to the dealership for not starting.