drive·​train ˈdrīv-ˌtrān How to pronounce drivetrain (audio)
: the parts (such as the universal joint and the driveshaft) that connect the transmission with the driving axles of an automobile
also : power train
the drivetrain warranty

Examples of drivetrain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the 2025 model year, the Ram 1500 gets a makeover that includes an all-new drivetrain, a new premium trim, a plug-in hybrid, and a full electric model. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Gasoline-only Ram 1500s get their own drivetrain news when the smooth and powerful Hurricane straight-six replaces the beloved Hemi V8 as the top powerplant. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 10 Jan. 2024 And zero creaks or rattles emanate from the body or drivetrain, possibly the truest testament to EMC’s extensive experience. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 Most automakers continue to target the premium market, presumably to earn back the development cost of their drivetrain innovation more quickly than would be possible with cars that elicit lower margins. James Morris, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 This is only a software change from the base Dual-Motor Enduro R1S, unleashing the real capability of the drivetrain, which is 665 hp and 829 lb.-ft. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 1 Feb. 2024 Standard-range, long-range, and dual-motor drivetrains will be available, but the battery sizes will differ depending on the market. Steven Ewing, Ars Technica, 12 Oct. 2023 The pressure comes from the fact that a conventional car drivetrain has 200 or so moving parts, while an electric one has about a tenth of that. Daniel Hornak, Fortune Europe, 8 Jan. 2024 For the groupset, Specialized has picked and chosen from a couple of wireless SRAM drivetrain options. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 18 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drivetrain was in 1938

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“Drivetrain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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