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The American automotive giant General Motors has just announced that the full-electric version of the small Chevrolet Spark will be hitting the local auto market in 2012 and it will be produced in a limited run, being named simply the Spark EV.

“The Spark EV offers customers living in the urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option. It complements Chevrolet’s growing range of electrified vehicles, including the Volt extended-range EV and the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist technology”, said the global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet, Jim Federico.

According to the American based manufacturer, the Spark EV will be based on the Chevrolet Beat EV Concept which was presented earlier this year in India, which featured a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery powering the 60 HP electric motor and having a 130 km range (81 miles).

“Our global demo fleets continue to provide insight into the needs of electric vehicle customers living in urban environments. The Spark EV is another step in Chevrolet’s plan to provide customers with a variety of electrification solutions to address the lifestyle and transportation needs of people around the world”, added Jim Federico.

The Chevrolet Spark EV is expected to be launched in late 2012, coming as a 2013 model year, while its brother, the petrol-powered Spark, will debut in United States early next year.