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At a ceremony in Berlin, government and private-sector representatives received the keys to several electric Golfs (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen has delivered a second batch of electrically propelled Golf blue-e-motion cars to test customers as it gets ready to start selling electric vehicles.

The automaker now has a test fleet of 80 electric vehicles in Germany. They will be driven mostly by employees of major companies, agencies and organizations. The test fleet is used to see how customers manage with an electric vehicle in their daily lives.

Tests will be conducted in Wolfsburg, where VW is headquartered; in Hannover in northern Germany; and now in Berlin, where VW is planning a fleet of 35 vehicles.

Test users receive their own recharging units. They can also use a select number of gas stations in the greater Berlin area. Test users have access to around the clock technical support online and through a call center.

Rudolf Krebs, a senior VW executive with responsibility for electric propulsion, said the test fleet is "an important milestone in our electro-mobility development process." And he added in a press release that the tests will assure early on that the electric vehicles are suitable for daily use.