General Motors following up on its early though slow going success of the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric car is gearing up to launch a pure EV in the US, appropriately called the Chevy Spark.

The Spark will join the Volt in GMs' quest to sell 500,000 electric cars by 2017 with the company more focused on plug-in than hybrid technology.

Yestday in San Franscico, GM released some preliminary specs on the Spark EV.

"The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will set a benchmark for urban electric vehicles when it arrives in California dealer showrooms next summer by offering industry-leading EV power, outstanding driving range, and exceptional fast-charge capability," said GM in a statement.

The Spark EV will utilize a 100 kw electric motor that will allow the car to develop 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds and generate instantaneous torque of about 400 lb.-ft.

It will also come equipped with an on-board DC fast charger allowing 80% of a charge in just 20 minutes (assuming you can find a charger).

“When our team set out to develop the propulsion system for Spark EV, we knew we had to provide surprising fun-to-drive acceleration with maximum efficiency,” said Spark EV Chief Engineer Chuck Russell.

“What we think customers will enjoy most is how fun Spark EV is to drive; it’s seamless and power is available at every stage of the drive,” Russell said. “This will help us to provide an exciting option for those customers who are looking for an EV that’s as much fun to drive as it is environmentally responsible.”

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Energy is contained in a 20 kwh lithium-ion battery pack that comes with the same eight years /100,000 miles warranty found on the Chevy Volt pack.

The Spark EV team has used learning from the Chevy Volt development program to build this car as well.

“Spark EV is the latest demonstration of our growing expertise in electric motor and battery technologies – expertise we will need as we grow our portfolio of electric vehicles to address the needs of our global customers,” said GM  executive director of  global electrification Larry Nitz.

Spark electric motor and drive unit production will begin in early 2013 at GM’s transmission plant in White Marsh, Md., near Baltimore.