drivetrain

noun
drive·​train | \ˈdrīv-ˌtrān \

Definition of drivetrain 

: 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

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As of our visit, the Gigafactory also only makes a few things: the battery cells for the Model 3, the car’s battery pack and drivetrain, and the company’s two storage products, the Powerwall and Powerpack. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will live and die by the Gigafactory," 30 Nov. 2018 Several versions of the vehicle are offered with different drivetrains and body styles and Mercedes-Benz has not yet clarified which will be imported from India. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Mercedes-Benz to start selling India-made SUVs in USA," 24 Sep. 2018 The engine, gearbox and drivetrain are original, along with 95 percent of the bodywork. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "You know that red sports car you saw around Redmond? It sold for a record $48 million," 25 Oct. 2018 Everyone knows that electric drivetrains can perform insane acts of acceleration, thanks to Tesla and its ludicrous mode. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Neat Engineering VW Used to Smash the Pikes Peak Record," 25 June 2018 The 2x9 Shimano Sora drivetrain gave me plenty of gear range even for a long dirt-road ride to high altitude, and shifting was surprisingly crisp and accurate. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "The Best Budget Bikes for Road and Trail," 4 June 2018 The drivetrain is straight-up Atlas, with the Tanoak concept employing the same 3.6-liter V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission as the SUV’s optional six-cylinder. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept: It Could Happen!," 29 Mar. 2018 The clutch that separates the motor from the drivetrain reacts quicker too, thanks to electromechanical instead of electro-hydraulic controls. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Porsche's New Cayenne Hybrid Checks Your Route to Pick its Power," 23 May 2018 Indeed, three of the fastest performance models ever built used hybrid drivetrains, including the Porsche 917 Spyder, Ferrari’s La Ferrari and McLaren’s P1. NBC News, "Luxury electric cars lure buyers on performance, not the planet," 9 July 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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