Volkswagen has begun German deliveries this week for its second fleet of Golf Blue-e-motion all-electric test cars.
The second fleet will see a total of 80 cars tested in Germany, with 53 going to Berlin and the rest to Hannover and Wolfsburg.
Unlike BMW's MINI E test cars, the bulk of Volkswagen's electric Golfs will be tested in corporate fleets - a market Volkswagen believes will make up the majority of the car's sales.
Among the test fleet's participants are Coca Cola, Continental, Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom.
How it Works
The Golf Blue-e-Motion is powered by an electric motor only, usurping the regular combustion engine's place in the engine bay. It produces a very reasonable 85kW and 270Nm of torque.
By comparison, the entry-level diesel Golf Bluemotion produces 77kW and 250Nm of torque, while the petrol-powered Golf 90TSI produces 90kW and 200Nm.
Energy for the electric motor is drawn from a 26kWh lithium-ion battery pack located in the boot and in the transmission tunnel.
The Golf Blue-e-Motion will hit 100km/h from rest in 11.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 140km/h.
Volkswagen plans to have the Golf Blue-e-motion on sale by 2014, although it will be beaten to market by the smaller and brand-new Up Blue-e-motion. The Jetta Blue-e-motion will round out the electric range's launch line-up.