The device regulates the flow of power to engine block heaters using temperature control sensors to only deliver power when the temperature demands it.
 - Photo by IPLC

The device regulates the flow of power to engine block heaters using temperature control sensors to only deliver power when the temperature demands it.

Photo by IPLC

In freezing temperatures, there are fleets of vehicles that do not have the luxury of waiting for their engines to warm up or being sidelined by a cold start. Delivery trucks, road maintenance vehicles, police, fire and EMS, school buses, and mining fleets depend on having their vehicle engines start when their drivers turn the key.

To help with that endeavor, the IPLC M210 is a smart power receptacle that assists parking lot managers. It regulates the flow of power to engine block heaters using temperature control sensors to only deliver power when the temperature demands it. The M210 can replace any existing parking stall outlet, and can reduce power waste by up to 65% per vehicle, according to the company, resulting in both cost and CO₂ savings.

In addition to its temperature control sensors, the M210 has several other benefits built into its construction. The M210’s LED light system allows lot managers to verify at a glance that the outlet is working and is not overloaded. The M210 also has a two-hour delay built in, so the engines will have time to cool after use before the engine block heaters start receiving power, contributing to the savings.