Where Did the Term "Horsepower" Come From?

Horsepower is a measurement of the relative power of an engine in cars, trucks, tractors and other vehicles that are run by engines. You can find out more about how horsepower affects modern vehicles by contacting the Boucher Nissan of Waukesha team at your convenience.

The history of horsepower is an interesting one. In the 18th century, famous inventor James Watt was looking for a way to attract customers to his steam engine invention. He was observing ponies that were carrying coal at a coal mine, and he calculated that a pony could carry 22,000-foot-pounds per minute. Further extrapolating the equation, he came up with the assumption that a horse could carry 33,000 foot-pounds per minute.

He dubbed the new measurement "horsepower" since horses were the main conveyance during those days. Horsepower then became the common measure for the amount of load or energy that a machine could supply. Today it is a common term used for that purpose. Stop in and explore the modern definition of horsepower with us at 1451 E Moreland Blvd!

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