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Patrick Schaufuss


Supports automotive clients in the transition to zero-emission mobility across the entire ecosystem from raw materials to suppliers, OEMs, start-ups, investors, and the public sector

As a core leader of the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility, Patrick helps clients in the areas of energy & powertrain transition, vehicle electrification, emissions regulations, supply chain, battery technology, electric-vehicle (EV) strategy, and advanced mobility trends.

Since 2009, Patrick has worked across the automotive value chain and mobility ecosystem and supported Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, such as raw-materials producers, chemical companies, EV manufacturers, automotive suppliers, fuel cell producers, and battery makers. He also has experience with passenger and commercial vehicle OEMs, as well as mobility and tech start-ups, investors, industry associations, and public-sector clients on topics related to sustainable mobility and decarbonization.

Patrick has worked globally for clients in approximately 20 countries, including approximately two years in the the United States and one year in Asia.

Example of his recent work include the following:

  • supporting automotive OEMs with powertrain strategy, purchasing cost optimizations, battery-sourcing strategy, product development, make-or-buy strategy, EV go-to-market strategy, regulations, and certification, as well as risk management, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) work, and supply chain resilience
  • helping automotive suppliers on post-merger integration, portfolio strategy following electrification and “sunset” internal combustion engine components, design to value, and design to cost optimization, plus profitability and turnaround programs
  • conducting due diligences on suppliers and automotive and mobility start-ups in light of capital raise, IPOs, special acquisition companies, or M&A processes

Patrick coleads McKinsey’s research work on sustainable mobility and electrification and frequently publishes on related topics in that sector.

Published work

A road map for Europe’s automotive industry,” McKinsey & Company, August 2023

Built for purpose: EV adoption in light commercial vehicles,” McKinsey & Company, April 2023

Automotive powertrain suppliers face a rapidly electrifying future,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

Battery 2030: Resilient, sustainable, and circular,” McKinsey & Company, January 2023

Preparing the world for zero-emission trucks,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

Europe’s EV opportunity—and the charging infrastructure needed to meet it,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

The automotive sector’s net-zero transition: Shifting to low-emission vehicles,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2022

Why the automotive future is electric,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

A vision for a sustainable battery value chain in 2030: Unlocking the full potential to power sustainable development and climate change mitigation,” World Economic Forum, September 2019

Electric mobility after the crisis: Why an auto slowdown won’t hurt EV demand,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

The road ahead for e-mobility,” McKinsey & Company, January 2020

Leaving the niche: Seven steps for a successful go-to-market model for electric vehicles,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

Expanding electric-vehicle adoption despite early growing pains,” McKinsey & Company, August 2019

How automakers can master new mobility,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

A long-term vision for the European automotive industry,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

Reboost: A comprehensive view on the changing powertrain component market and how suppliers can succeed,” McKinsey & Company, November 2019

McKinsey electric vehicle index: Europe cushions a global plunge in EV sales,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Electrifying insights: How automakers can drive electrified vehicle sales and profitability,” McKinsey & Company, January 2017


IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Technical University Munich
MS, mechanical engineering

MS, industrial engineering