What Is Horsepower?

You have more than likely, at some point in time, heard the term "horsepower" used to describe the power level or capability of an engine of some form. Horsepower is a term that is used for not only automobile engines but also for many other mechanical as well as electrical engines.

Now, what does the term "horsepower" actually mean? To answer that we need to look at the origins of the word. Coined by Scottish inventor, chemist and mechanical engineer, James Watt sometime at the end of the 18th century.

This was during the steam revolution and so Watt figured it was necessary to devise a term to express the amount of power these new steam engines had, to not only help sell them but to help everyone understand how powerful they were.

While watching ponies pulling carts loaded with coal, Watt estimated that one horsepower was to be the amount of power for one horse to haul 330 pounds of coal 100 feet in one minute.

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