The Chevrolet Spark EV has made its debut ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, which begins today. The five-door urban mini electric car will enter the market sometime in the middle of 2013, and will be priced under US$25,000 – with tax incentives – in the US.

The Spark EV is powered by a GM-designed, US-built coaxial drive unit and electric motor. Together, the system delivers 130 hp (110 kW) and 542 Nm of torque (you’re seeing that right – it’s 400 lb ft of twist). The promise is a 0-100 km/h time of less than eight seconds.

The company doesn’t state how far the Spark EV goes on a single charge, but says that the car is expected to have among the best EV range in its segment. Juice is courtesy of a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a volume of 133 litres, comprising 336 prismatic cells. The 254 kg pack will be covered by an eight-year or 100,000 miles warranty.

The car will be the first EV to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charge capability, enabling the battery to reach 80% capacity in just 20 minutes. A common on-board charging receptacle accommodates all three charging platforms – DC Fast Charge, AC 240V and AC 120V. On 240V, the charge time is under seven hours.

Inside, the cabin trim features a combination of bright accents in Electric Blue and chrome, and kit includes two seven-inch high-resolution LCD screens, which display key vehicle functions and infotaiment.

As for infotainment, a Chevrolet MyLink radio comes standard, and brings smartphone-based infotainment – including apps for BringGo full-function navigation, TuneIn global internet radio, Pandora and Stitcher – into the vehicle. Apple’s Siri will ride shotgun, for those with iPhone 4S on.

When it arrives, the Spark EV will go on sale not just in the US – in California and Oregon – but also in Canada and South Korea, as well as selected global markets.