4Although the unit of the “watt” is commonly used for electrical power, other units are valid as well. The British unit of horsepower is every bit as valid for expressing electrical power as “watts,” although this usage is less common. Likewise, the “watt” may be used to express measurements of non-electrical power as well, such as the mechanical power output of an engine. European automobile manufacturers, for example, rate the power output of their cars’ engines in kilowatts, as opposed to American automobile manufacturers who rate their engines in horsepower. This choice of units is strictly a cultural convention, since any valid unit for power may be applied to any form of energy rate.