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

Definition of kilowatt

: 1000 watts

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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to having packs ranging from 50.0 to a whopping 200.0 kilowatt-hours and using less cobalt than competitors do, GM is aiming for a price point under $100 per kWh. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Future Honda EVs Will Use GM Batteries," 2 Apr. 2020 Many consumers currently shoulder energy rates much higher than 4 cents a kilowatt hour, said one energy expert. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Financially strapped Texans: Help is on way to pay power bills," 26 Mar. 2020 For example, a 15-gallon gas tank holds the equivalent of 505.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "How Much Does Climate Control Affect EV Range?," 19 Mar. 2020 Our tracker was designed to produce, on average, just under ten thousand kilowatt-hours per year. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "A Lost Chance to Bring the Green New Deal Home," 18 Feb. 2020 Rawlinson said that his vision over the next few years is to get to five miles per kilowatt-hour, which would be a feat. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Lucid Shows 400-Mile-Range Air Electric Sedan to Future Owners," 14 Feb. 2020 The refueling station has a high-powered 200 kilowatt, four dispenser system. Allen Kim, CNN, "The US has its first gas station that is fully electric," 27 Sep. 2019 Twenty-six cents a kilowatt hour is considered pretty expensive. Scott Thurm, Wired, "A Foundation Built on Oil Embraces the Green Revolution," 2 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Tesla's Powerpack—which serves the same function as the Relectify system, providing energy storage infrastructure for consumers, businesses, and commercial utilities—provides up to 50 kilowatt hours of energy storage per unit. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Old Electric Car Batteries Are Now Powering the Grid," 27 Jan. 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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5 Apr 2020

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“Kilowatt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kilowatt

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


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

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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