The Rise of Transportation Electrification
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Paul A. DeCotis is senior director and head of West Monroe Partners’ east coast Energy & Utilities practice, based in New York City. He leads the firm’s executive advisory and regulatory...
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In the United States, where transportation accounts for 29 percent of total energy use per year, the country is witnessing a slow but steady shift from gasoline and diesel fuel to electricity—with electric vehicles (EVs) now forecast to become 11 percent of all passenger vehicle sales by 2025, and 55 percent by 2040. At this rate, the sector is expected to reach a $567 billion market size by 2026 — a nearly $500 billion increase from 2017. Signs of this growth abound, from the many Teslas, Chevrolet Bolts, and Nissan Leafs on the roads, to the charging stations sprouting up in public and commercial parking lots. Most automakers are planning for EVs to eclipse conventional vehicle manufacturing within the decade.