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Why does a looped system affect the installation of my home electric charge point?

Charging your car consumes a significant amount of electricity.  Whether you are using your home electric charge point for a few hours during the day or overnight, this leaves less electricity available to share amongst the other properties on your looped supply.  Ultimately, this will lead to a shortage of electricity for those properties.

What is a looped system?

This system assumes that different households, whilst connected, have different demands on the electricity supply at different times of the day, allowing the electricity load to be shared amongst two or more households. For example, whilst one household is out, another may be charging devices or watching TV.

How do I know if my property is on a looped system? 

Your property is more likely to be on a looped system if it is an older semi-detached building or terraced.  The first place to look is your electric meter and the most common sign that you are on a looped supply, is if you can see 2 service cables going into the meter.


What do I need to do if I discover that my property is on a looped supply? 

This will also apply to the other property or properties with which you share your electricity supply.

At Evolution Solutions we advise and guide our customers through this process.  This begins with a survey of your property by one of our approved installers.  If the survey identifies that your property is on a looped supply, we will help you to start the unlooping process and apply for your property to be unlooped on your behalf.


What is the unlooping process?

Put simply, it involves disconnecting each electricity meter connected to the shared loop so that no neighbour’s electricity supply is shared from one house to another. This ensures that each house is fed from the mains cable and separately connecting your meter to the supply cable.


Will there be any disruption to my property during the unlooping process?

Re-routing each meter connected to the same loop does mean that there is likely to be some excavation work done on one property.  This depends on which property has the main connection and which property has the secondary connection.  We always advise our customers that this might include external cable work, building work or gardens being dug up.  Whilst this may sound daunting, the unlooping service is provided by your network operator and is always carried out as efficiently, and with the least amount of disruption, as possible.  Guiding our customers through this information ensures a transparent and collaborative process.   

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Alison Whitfield

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20 October 2022
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Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

The scheme is currently open to applicants that:

  1. Rent their house or bungalow.
  2. Own or rent an apartment / flat.
  3. Are the landlord of a domestic rental property.
  4. Are a social housing provider.
  5. Has dedicated off-road parking at the property.
  6. Own or have ordered a qualifying vehicle.
  7. Have not previously claimed an OLEV grant.

Not sure if you are eligible?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Standard installation terms

  1. Fitting of an EV charger on a brick wall, or to another suitable permanent structure.
  2. Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter/distribution board and the charging unit.
  3. Supply meter/distribution board on the inside of an outside wall.
  4. Routing the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm thick (if required).
  5. Fitting & testing of electrical connections & protections required for the EV charger.
  6. An additional three-way consumer unit (if required).
  7. Installation of a Type C MCB and a Type A RCD or a type A RCBO.
  8. No groundworks 

Not standard installation?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.