Model won't be sold nationwide and will be focused on the California market in order to meet that state's Zero-Emissions Vehicle mandate.

GM will be launching an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark in the United States in 2012.

The Spark EV will be based on the Chevrolet Beat EV concept unveiled in India earlier this year. The Beat is the name given to the Spark model in certain global markets.

That concept featured a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery powering a 61 PS (45kW / 60 hp) electric motor. Range on the Beat EV concept is 130 km (81 miles) and charging takes less than eight hours using a 240V outlet.

But GM won't offer the Spark EV in some U.S.-regions and marketing will be focused primarily on California in order to meet that state's Zero-Emissions Vehicle mandate. Volumes will be low, around 2,000 units a year.

A gasoline-powered Spark will debut in the Chevrolet lineup as an entry-level vehicle early in 2012. The U.S.-market Spark will feature a new front fascia that differs from the global Spark seen in the photos published here.

The Chevrolet Spark EV will be launched in late 2012 as a 2013 model.

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GM to launch Chevrolet Spark EV in U.S. next year