Does an electric car have horsepower?

I’m looking into getting an electric car, and I want to do some research before I buy. I keep seeing a lot of stats about electric cars’ acceleration and efficiency. But I rarely see any numbers for horsepower. I know it’s a regularly-quoted stat for gas cars, but do electric cars have horsepower, too?

Tom Hindle · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Interesting question! Yes, electric vehicles do have horsepower.
But it’s not necessarily that simple. Some carmakers prefer to measure their EV’s output in kilowatts. Nissan, for example, says its Leaf puts out 80 KW, while the Prius hybrid is described as having 60 hp.
So, what’s the difference between the two? The answer is: not that much.
They’re basically measuring the same thing, only expressed in different ways. For most, it’s just easier to imagine electric power in watts—it’s often a unit people might be more familiar with when it comes to interior lighting, for example.
Either way, make sure you’re informed about your vehicle. Knowing how much power it has is a crucial part of the buying process.
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