McKinsey Center for Future Mobility®

Our forward-thinking and integrated perspective—covering automotive, cities, freight, infrastructure, last-mile delivery, utilities, and others—helps industry leaders and policy makers lead change and navigate an increasingly autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared future.

Our research areas

Integrated Mobility

A number of social, economic, and technological trends are poised to disrupt urban mobility. By 2030, mobility innovation could radically transform everything from power systems to the use of public space, while simultaneously introducing a new city dynamism. In 50 metropolitan areas, home to 500 million people, integrated mobility systems could produce benefits, including improved safety and reduced pollution, worth up to $600 billion.

Autonomous Driving

Disruptive autonomous-driving technologies will transform the concept of mobility, increase safety, and require business-model changes in many industries as profit pools shift.

Connectivity

As vehicles become increasingly connected, data will unlock new benefits and challenges for customers, automakers, high-tech giants, and a broad array of new companies active in the value chain.

Electrification

Electrified vehicles are nearing an inflection point due to changing consumer attitudes, battery economics, infrastructure, and regulatory policies, creating opportunities for the auto industry.

Shared Mobility

E-hailing, car sharing, and further modes of diverse mobility continue rapid expansion as cost-effective, convenient, and less stressful alternates to vehicle ownership.

70% of the robotaxi market

will be addressable solely with L4 autonomous technology by 2030

40% of consumers

would change car brands for more connectivity

30-40% of car buyers

in the US and EU considered an electrified vehicle purchase in 2016

<1% of total global miles driven

originates from e-hailing trips

Our Capabilities

We aim to help all stakeholders in the mobility ecosystem navigate the future by providing independent and integrated evidence about possible future mobility scenarios.

As we move through a second inflection point in mobility, our distinctive models based on proprietary data help stakeholders across the mobility space make strategic choices under uncertainty, accelerate the transition toward sustainable mobility, and transform organizations and mobility ecosystems.

We deliver insights and perspectives through the following core assets:

Mobility Market Model

City-level modal mix projections covering ten modes of transport—including private, public, and shared—with details on personal and vehicle miles traveled, light-vehicle sales, production, vehicle parc, and demand for shared modes.

Mobility Electrification Model

Global powertrain and electrification powertrain splits, including detailed total cost of ownership calculations, consumer preferences, and regulatory perspectives for passenger vehicles, buses, trucks, and two-wheelers.

Mobility Financials Model

Granular view of all mobility and automotive-related value and profit pools with detailed value chain breakdowns by region.

Mobility Components Model

Market perspective for numerous vehicle components, split along regions and powertrain types, based on price development, take-rates, and technology trends.

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About the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility®

The McKinsey Center for Future Mobility was created to help business leaders and policy makers come to terms with a future that is increasingly autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared. Based in four global hubs (Beijing, Detroit, Munich, and Silicon Valley), our forward thinking and integrated perspective, industry expertise, proprietary research, and global convening power gives us a unique combination of assets to help clients navigate the mobility revolution.

Understanding mobility’s second great inflection point

Senior partner Asutosh Padhi discusses the technological breakthroughs changing the mobility ecosystem and lays out what the shifts mean for automotive and other industries.

How will mobility look like in 2040

Shifting consumer demands, breakthrough technologies and new regulations - mobility in 2040 will look dramatically different than today. Our four scenarios can help you navigate this disruption.

Featured Insights

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The irresistible momentum behind clean, electric, connected mobility: Four key trends

– Mobility’s future is visible in the increasing support of capital markets, the demands of Chinese consumers, the effort to slow climate change, and the new skills automakers will need to deal with these shifts.
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Reimagining the auto industry’s future: It’s now or never

– Disruptions in the auto industry will result in billions lost, with recovery years away. Yet companies that reimagine their operations... will perform best in the next normal. 
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The Indian automotive industry: From resilience to resurgence?

– Indian automotive sales have shown resilience during the pandemic but have not returned to their pre-COVID-19 strength. What will... it take to go from resilience to resurgence?
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Why most eTrucks will choose overnight charging

– Electric trucks are coming, but fleets need to find the best charging strategies to keep them going.
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Global emergence of electrified small-format mobility

– Electric two- and three-wheel vehicles are gaining in popularity. What does the future hold for the market?
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The future of car buying: Perspectives from Saudi Arabia

– Two longtime industry executives predict ‘hyper-personalization’ and more dealer partnerships.
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Car buying in 2030

– In this video, three McKinsey partners describe how the experience of purchasing an automobile might change in the coming decade—and... how car dealerships should evolve.
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Five COVID-19 aftershocks reshaping mobility’s future

– The pandemic will change the face of mobility, both now and when the crisis ends.
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What the future of mobility holds for chemical players

– Chemical companies will be affected by disruption in the automotive industry. Those expecting to flourish in the next normal must... meet the changes head-on and respond to three key trends.
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Electric mobility after the crisis: Why an auto slowdown won’t hurt EV demand

– Global auto sales plunged during the COVID-19 crisis, but electric mobility has remained remarkably resilient in some countries.... Here’s what’s ahead for the electric-vehicle market.
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Software ‘should costing’: A new procurement tool for automotive companies

– Analytics-based cost algorithms and agile-inspired methods can help OEMs reduce automotive software costs by up to 30 percent... and improve delivery timelines.

McKinsey Quarterly

Reimagining Mobility

How we experience mobility is poised to change profoundly—a “horses to cars”-sized shift that will reverberate across business and society for generations. Some implications are predictable, others unknowable. Yet one thing is certain: mobility’s future will be shaped by developments along four dimensions: cars, consumers, cities, and competition.

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