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Dangers of looped electricity systems…

looped electricity systems

Today we need a serious discussion about looped electricity systems…

If you remember from last weeks video, a looped system is when 2 neighbouring houses share the same main electricity cable, going to the first and then looping off to the second house.

So, why do the electricity network operators need to split the loop before you can install a fast-charging 7Kw home charging point?

It’s an interesting debate, as you don’t need to split the loop if you’re installing an electric shower, sauna, or hot tub, and they all use a 32amp fuse too.

Well, the network operators say an electric shower, sauna or hot tub are only used for short periods, but an electric vehicle charge point can be in operation for 10 hours or more.

Which puts a tremendous amount of stress on the looped electricity cable, potentially causing problems for both yourself and your neighbour.

How do we deal with this issue?

Well, we work closely with the electricity network providers to spot loop systems as early in the charge point installation process as possible.

Once identified, we’ll call you to discuss the situation, and help you through the process of applying to your electricity network operator to arrange for them to split the loop.

And once you’ve got a date for the loop to be split, we’ll re-schedule your installation, so you can enjoy safe and worry-free vehicle charging way into the future.

Please note, some unscrupulous charge point installers may not check for looped systems, which could put you and your neighbour at risk.

…our customers safety is our number one concern.


Alison Whitfield

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6 May 2021
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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.