kilo·​watt | \ ˈki-lə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio) \

Definition of kilowatt

: 1000 watts

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Recent Examples on the Web Nikola founder and chairman Trevor Milton promises that his company will be able to produce batteries at a cost of around $70 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Can Nikola Motor’s big battery promises be true?," 14 June 2020 According to Bloomberg analysts, the average 2019 cost per kilowatt-hour was $156. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Report: GM is Working on Its Own Electric Delivery Vans," 4 June 2020 For wind, hydroelectric, and solar, kilowatt-hours of electricity are converted to BTUs of heat based on the current average heat-to-electricity ratio of all combustion power plants. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "135-year-long streak is over: US renewable sources topped coal in 2019," 29 May 2020 For the Model 3, the cost is usually about $0.26 per kilowatt-hour, which is charged directly to your Tesla account. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "How Well Does an Tesla Model 3 Work For a Long Trip?," 22 May 2020 That compares with a current average price for similar technology using new batteries of $289 a kilowatt hour, according to the BloombergNEF 2019 Energy Storage System Costs Survey. David Stringer,, "Old Electric Car Batteries May Help Cut Costs of Storing Power," 10 May 2020 But at $100 per kilowatt-hour, a 200 kilowatt-hour battery would cost its manufacturer $20,000, more than the price of some basic economy cars. Lawrence Ulrich, New York Times, "New Breed of Pickups Mixes Horsepower and Battery Power," 7 May 2020 But Kapur and her colleagues are working on a roughly 4,500 pound SUV with battery packs holding up to nearly 100 kilowatt hours of energy. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford engineers are working on electric Mustang SUVs in their own garages," 23 Apr. 2020 The mighty leviathans standing 415 feet tall and producing nearly 8 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year provide 15 percent of the power for the sprawling SC Johnson manufacturing plant in Waxdale, Wisconsin. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of kilowatt

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kilowatt was in 1884

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20 Jun 2020

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“Kilowatt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kilowatt

: a unit of electrical power equal to 1,000 watts


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Kids Definition of kilowatt

: a unit of electrical power equal to 1000 watts


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Medical Definition of kilowatt

: 1000 watts

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