McKinsey Center for Future Mobility

Operating Environment

When it comes to the factors shaping the mobility operating environment, our work spans the public, private, and social sectors. We support our clients and decision makers of all types with a tested, reliable fact base upon which successful, sustainable approaches can be built for future shared and e-mobility planning and action of all types.
We provide tested, well-researched information accounting for the complexity of modern mobility challenges while pointing the way to workable options. To do so, we equip decision makers with the ability to model and plan in a manner that maximizes test-and-learn opportunities before they ever have to commit any resources at scale.


cities worldwide

that have announced car-restriction policies


of all new cars

sold in Europe will be electric by 2030

Examples of our work

Building comprehensive EV strategies

The starting point was modeling scenarios around charging infrastructure required for specific EV-uptake scenarios by geography, over time, by charging mode, and technology for this OEM. This included revenue, EBITDA, and ROIC for the overall charging market and each value chain segment through 2030 based on EV-infrastructure demand, price, margin, and investment potential. We added load profiles for different charging modes into these scenarios, such as residential, public fast, etc., and impact on total energy demand, system-wide peak load, local peak load, and assessed mitigation options (e.g. grid upgrades, colocated storages) for a comprehensive plan stakeholders of all types could rally behind.

Planning for advanced air mobility

Addressing the potential and associated challenges for advanced air mobility of all types—manned and unmanned aerial vehicles alike—is top of mind for start-up and incumbent manufacturers and those regulating this space. Our work spans many aspects of this emerging opportunity and we focused on estimating the market size for advanced regional air mobility in the United States, the European Union, and many other areas by building a mobility baseline and an international customer survey to assess switching rates. With this information, we developed a long-term strategy that helped our client understand major trends in airspace management to ensure safe, efficient national airspaces.

Featured insights


Shared mobility: Where it stands, where it’s headed

– Having weathered a pandemic, regulatory whiplash, and a host of other hurdles, shared mobility endures. Here’s where things stand today.

Scaling EV infrastructure to meet net-zero targets

– Welcome to the October edition of Voices on Infrastructure, where we explore what it will take to scale electric-vehicle... (EV) infrastructure to meet net-zero targets.

In service of this goal, it has never been more important to expand the availability of publicly accessible EV chargers and accelerate the production of high-quality, cost-efficient, low-carbon batteries.

The e-kickscooter takes to the road: Understanding consumer-ownership preferences

– As e-kickscooters gain popularity, more consumers are opting for private ownership. How will this affect shared-mobility providers?

Mobility’s rebound: An industry recovers, but where is it heading?

– Although the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, mobility has returned to precrisis levels. But the industry faces changes in... consumer preferences, technology, and regulation.

Road freight global pathways report

– Freight transport is responsible for a high percentage of vehicle emissions. Substantial reductions will require a greater focus... on medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Focus areas


We work with our clients to reinvent and enrich the consumer experience when it comes to mobility, creating more seamless ground- and air-transportation options that are sustainable and improve the quality of life around the world.


Our aim is to help clients make quick, intelligent implementations in areas like autonomous-vehicle technology, connectivity, electrification, infrastructure enhancement, software, and many others.

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