Best van for electricians

We heard on the wire that you’re searching for a new van. Our list of the best vans for electricians should spark your interest

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Jul 25, 2022

If you’re a domestic electrical installer, you’ll almost certainly need a van of some description. At the very least, the van will need to be large enough for your toolkit and basic parts, but some form of interior racking might be required for the stacks of spare parts and equipment that you're likely to need to hand.

For most household electricians, a small van should be large enough for the tools of your trade. These vans are cheaper to buy, easy to drive and shouldn’t cost a lot to run. As your business grows, you might discover that you need something bigger, especially if you’re fed up with driving backwards and forwards from the electrical wholesalers.

A medium van will provide the space for your business to grow. The additional space in the back will allow you to install some racking to make it easier to always have important parts with you when you’re on a callout. Equally, you’ll have room for your equipment, plus space on the roof for a ladder or two.

Here, we’ve selected eight of the best vans for electricians. There’s something for every sparky, whether you’re a sole trader or building an empire of electricians. It’s all positive at BuyaCar, so you can expect no shocks.

Best work vans for electricians

1. Nissan e-NV200

Our pick Nissan e-NV200 40kWh
Used deals from £15,300
Monthly finance from £0*

We had to start with an electric van - and the Nissan e-NV200 is one of the best of the breed. We’d even say it’s currently the best electric van you can buy, but such a lame gag might tempt you into leaving negative feedback.

Launched with a 22kWh battery, the e-NV200 was improved in 2018 when Nissan added a 40kWh battery pack. As a result, you can expect to see an official 124 miles of range from a charged battery, increasing to 187 miles of city driving. It’d be worth investing in a home charging point, so you can wake up to a fully charged battery every morning.

Thanks to wide-opening 60:40 split rear doors and a sliding door on each side, the e-NV200 is practical enough for most electricians. We also think running an electric van sends out the right message to your customers.

2. Volkswagen Caddy

Our pick Volkswagen Caddy 2.0 TDI
Used deals from £11,457
Monthly finance from £190*

The fourth-generation Volkswagen Caddy (2015-2020) is one of the best small vans on the market. High demand and a strong image mean it’s not the cheapest van you can buy, but it’s good at holding on to its value, which will come in handy when it’s time to sell it on.

At 800kg, the payload capacity is a bit disappointing, but there’s no doubting the overall quality or the appeal of the VW badge. Opt for the plush Highline model and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were driving one of Volkswagen’s passenger cars.

There are a number of engines available, but you’ll almost certainly end up with a punchy and economical 2.0-litre diesel engine, as these are so common. As an electrician, chances are that you’ll understand the importance of safety, so you’ll appreciate the introduction of autonomous emergency braking in 2017.

3. Vauxhall Vivaro

Our pick Vauxhall Vivaro 1.6 CDTi BiTurbo
Used deals from £10,548
Monthly finance from £309*

The second-generation Vauxhall Vivaro is one of the country’s most popular medium vans. Just be sure that you need the extra space, because you’ll only fill it with rubbish while paying more for the privilege.

If you do need the space, the British-built Vivaro is an excellent choice. The 1.6-litre diesel engines offer a great blend of performance and economy, while the driving experience is more like a car than a van.

A short-wheelbase Vivaro with the standard roof height is ideal for electricians, with plenty of space in the back for racking and shelving units. You’ll also be left with plenty of floor space for your tools and other equipment.

4. Ford Transit Connect

Ford Transit Connect front three quarters view

Our pick Ford Transit Connect 1.5 EcoBlue
Used deals from £8,948
Monthly finance from £253*

No other small van is as good to drive as the Ford Transit Connect. That might seem like a minor point until you remember how much time you spend behind the wheel. Why shouldn’t you drive something that feels as good as a Fiesta or Focus?

It’s not even that small, with the L1 able to take loads of up to 3.0 metres in length, and the L2 able to manage 3.4 metres. Simply use the hatch in the bulkhead and fold the passenger seat.

An update in 2018 tweaked the styling, upgraded the touchscreen media system, improved the interior quality and saw the introduction of a new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine. For this reason, we recommend a later Transit Connect.

5. Citroen Berlingo

Our pick Citroen e-Berlingo
Used deals from £10,895
Monthly finance from £261*

The third-generation Citroen Berlingo is one of the most popular small vans in Europe. Launched in 2019, and updated in 2021, the Berlingo is capable of carrying loads over a tonne and is available in short (M) and long (XL) variants.

Choose from a punchy and surprisingly economical 1.2-litre petrol engine for light city use or 1.5- and 1.6-litre diesels for heavier loads and longer trips. Unlike the near-identical Peugeot Partner, the Berlingo features a conventional and smart cabin, with four trim levels available.

Citroen has also launched an electric version called the e-Berlingo. It offers a range of up to 171 miles, with the ability to recharge to 80% in just 30 minutes using a public rapid charger. Alternatively, charge it at home using a domestic wallbox and wake up to a fully charged battery before you leave for work.

6. Toyota Proace City

Our pick Toyota Proace City 1.5D
Used deals Limited stock

It might be a rebadged Peugeot Partner, Citroen Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Cargo, but there’s a very good reason why the Toyota Proace City makes our list of the best vans for electricians: the warranty. It’s available with up to 10 years of cover, which should deliver some peace of mind.

The majority of buyers opt for the 105hp version of the 1.5-litre diesel engine, which offers a class-leading 1,050kg payload in short-wheelbase guise. We'd suggest you avoid the weak entry-level 75hp version, which was dropped in 2021, while the 130hp version might be overkill for a typical electrician.

There are three trim levels: Active, Icon and Design. The entry-level Active features two sliding side doors, 180-degree opening on the rear doors, panel bulkhead and air-conditioning. The mid-range Icon adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, reversing camera, all-round parking sensors and Toyota’s Smart Cargo system, making it feel much more car-like. This features a removable bulkhead panel and flip-up passenger seat for carrying longer loads, too.

7. Mercedes Sprinter

Our pick Mercedes Sprinter 2.1 CDI
Used deals from £19,953
Monthly finance from £389*

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2013-2018) is the ideal van if you need something a little bigger. It’s the large van of choice for countless businesses across the UK, continuing to sell in huge numbers right up until it was replaced by a new version in 2018.

A short-wheelbase Sprinter would be a good choice for an electrician, with the standard roof version offering a maximum load length of 2,700mm and load height of 1,650mm. High and super-high roofs and medium, long and extra-long bodies are also available. There are many options to choose from.

As it’s a big Mercedes-Benz, you’ll pay more for a used van, but you will appreciate the quality - and your customers might value seeing a three-pointed star outside their property. Need to venture off-road? Mercedes also made four-wheel-drive versions, which are surprisingly capable.

8. Ford Transit Custom

Ford Transit Custom front three quarters view

Our pick Ford Transit Custom 2.0 EcoBlue
Used deals from £11,900
Monthly finance from £269*

It’s the UK’s most popular van, so you won’t be short of choice when you’re looking for a used Ford Transit Custom. Running costs are low, there’s a Ford dealer in practically every town and city, and it’s one of the most car-like vans you can buy.

Amazingly, the current Transit Custom dates back to 2012, but a series of engine, technology and interior updates have kept the Ford at the top of the game. Check out the Trail model if your duties take you off the beaten track. Alternatively, consider the Active model for the most SUV-like van on the market.

There are many different versions to choose from, but a short-wheelbase low-roof (L1H1) Transit Custom should be fine for most electricians. All versions feature a load-through bulkhead for carrying longer loads.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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