What Does Horsepower Really Mean?


If you have ever been in the market for a new vehicle then you have probably heard the term "horsepower" being used to tell you how much power the vehicle's engine is capable of producing but do you know what that term actually means or where it came from? Many of us have either forgotten or never acquired the knowledge of where this word came from.

Horsepower was derived by determining that a single horse could pull a cart loaded with 330 pounds coal at a speed of one hundred feet in one minute. This translation came about during the late 18th century when the steam engine was transforming and connecting the world.

The term was coined by a Scottish inventor, chemist and mechanical engineer named James Watt. He wanted to devise a way to easily explain to consumers how much power a steam engine was capable of.

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