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Shivika Sahdev

Partner, New York
Serves automotive and aerospace OEMs, suppliers, private-equity investors, and governments on disruptions in mobility and their likely impact—on the ground and in the air

About Shivika

Shivika is a leader of our work on disruptive mobility in the automotive and advanced industries. She spends much of her time helping automakers, airplane makers, suppliers, private-equity investors, and others in the value chain figure out how to manage their business in light of disruptions from technological changes—such as electrification and autonomy—and from trends such as shared mobility.

Shivika has particular depth of expertise in electric-vehicle (EV) infrastructure, hybrid electric propulsion, and electric-vehicle take-off and landing (eVTOL) applications in aircraft. Among her recent projects, she supported one of the largest EV infrastructure networks in the United States, helped develop e-mobility solutions for a US city, and she quantified the market potential for disruptions in air mobility.

Other examples of her recent client work include the following:

  • helping an aerospace company to establish strategic investments in disruptive air mobility, including passenger eVTOL, unmanned autonomous vehicles, and hybrid electric regional aircraft
  • advising one of the largest EV-charging networks in the United States on establishing its network installation and go-to-market strategy
  • serving a global fuel retail supplier on quantifying the impact of electrification, EV charging, and autonomous vehicles on market size, trajectory, and economics, and identifying opportunities for growth
  • advising a city on the development of zero-emission mobility solutions to optimize an investment of $50 million across the passenger, commercial, and public-transit segments
  • supporting a major US utility in detailing a deployment strategy for a network of more than 5,000 level-two charging points, including design and construction, procurement support, and maintenance strategy
  • helping an Indian materials company to design charging solutions that meet local market needs, including street-light charging
  • working with a large automotive supplier to develop a growth strategy and identify opportunities in electrification and lightweighting.

Before specializing in the future of mobility, Shivika spent several years helping federal, state, and local agencies to build strategies, conduct organizational assessments, and design and implement improvement programs. In her public-sector work, she focused particularly on economic development, resilience, and sustainability.

Before joining McKinsey, Shivika was a project leader at a strategy and policy advisory firm, where she worked with foundations, agencies, governments, and not-for-profit entities on energy and environmental issues.

Published work

How cities can adapt to climate change,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

How charging in buildings can power up the electric-vehicle industry,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

Why most eTrucks will choose overnight charging,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

The potential impact of electric vehicles on global energy systems,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

Charging ahead: Understanding the electric-vehicle infrastructure challenge,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

How battery storage can help charge the electric-vehicle market,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

Past experience

Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Project leader


Columbia University
MPA, environmental science and policy

University of Pennsylvania
BA, mathematics and economics