elec·​tri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ i-ˌlek-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce electrification (audio) , ē- \

Definition of electrification

1 : an act or process of electrifying
2 : the state of being electrified

Examples of electrification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maserati has had its own struggles, but the company is continuing to bet on the brand, especially in the realm of high-performance electrification. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler's grand plans for Alfa Romeo have dimmed. Here's why," 28 Dec. 2019 Moore compares expanding rural broadband to the process of rural electrification during the 20th century. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Northern Baltimore County continues to push for internet access," 13 Dec. 2019 Studies differed on costs of electrification to consumers. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "As Bay Area natural gas bans spread, lawsuits mount," 3 Dec. 2019 This is, of course, antithetical to one of the core tenets of electrification: Lightness. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "9 Things You Need To Know About Tesla's Incredibly Weird and Possibly Genius Cybertruck," 22 Nov. 2019 Other measures include total electrification of road and rail services, and using biofuels for long-distance international aviation and shipping. Laura He, CNN, "China can go carbon neutral by 2050 while still growing its economy: report," 22 Nov. 2019 The rest will be hybrids, as Volvo plans to offer some form of electrification in all its models. Wired, "Volvo's First Electric Car Kicks Off a Plan to Cut Emissions," 16 Oct. 2019 There was even an F-150 truck with a prototype higher-efficiency internal combustion engine, sporting the Aramco logo of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., aimed at countering the threat of electrification. Washington Post, "Big Oil Loses a Safe Space in Houston," 20 Sep. 2019 Pure electric cars account for just 5.5% of California’s vehicle sales (or 13% when including all types of electrification), compared to 81% for petrol cars. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Electric cars are finally taking a (tiny) bite out of combustion engine sales," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of electrification

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Electrification.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrification. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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