They should be live all the time. They are in my 2014 non-hybrid.
2014 MKZ Hybrid owner's manual:
Auxiliary Power Points
12 Volt DC Power Point
Do not plug optional electrical accessories into the cigar lighter socket (if equipped). Improper use of the lighter can cause damage not covered by your warranty, and can result in fire or serious injury.
Note: If used when the vehicle is not running, the battery will discharge. There may be insufficient power to restart your vehicle.
Note: Do not insert objects other than an accessory plug into the power point. This will damage the outlet and blow the fuse.
Note: Do not hang any type of accessory or accessory bracket from the plug.
Note: Do not use the power point over the vehicle capacity of 12 volt DC 180 watts or a fuse may blow.
Note: Do not use the power point for operating a cigar lighter element.
Note: Improper use of the power point can cause damage not covered by your warranty.
Note: Always keep the power point caps closed when not in use.
Run the vehicle for full capacity use of the power point. To prevent the battery from discharging accidentally:
- Do not use the power point longer than necessary when the vehicle is not running.
- Do not leave devices plugged in overnight or when you park your vehicle for extended periods.
Power points may be in the following locations:
- In the front of the center console.
- Inside the center console storage bin.
- On the rear of the center console.
110 Volt AC Power Point
Do not keep electrical devices plugged in the power point whenever the device is not in use. Do not use any extension cord with the 110 volt AC power point, since it will defeat the safety protection design. Doing so my cause the power point to overload due to powering multiple devices that can reach beyond the 150 watt load limit and could result in fire or serious injury.
Note: Keep the vehicle running to use the power point.
IDK why yours aren't working that way. Maybe a Hybrid owner will weigh in.
Edited by drolds1, 12 September 2016 - 01:34 AM.