“On-demand gas” is rather hard to imagine start-up for a combustible commodity like gasoline. And yet, the latest target for disruptive innovation by the tech industry is fuel stations. As a proof to this, over past 20 months, at least eight startups have launched variations on the theme of “Uber for gas”- your car’s tank gets refilled while it is parked somewhere or wherever a fill is needed.
Delivering large quantities of a flammable liquid is complicated and regulated. The companies delivering gas on-demand generally source their gasoline from the same distributors that supply to retail gas stations. The app companies put the fuel in pickup trucks or specially designed mini-tankers.
Some Popular On-Demand Gas Delivery Apps
Services that offer mobile fill-up options at the touch of an app are proliferating. Below are some of the popular on-demand gas delivery / “Uber for gas” apps that have made headlines and got coverage in the on-demand fuel delivery space with an eye on the $320 billion U.S. retail gasoline market.
- WeFuel: WeFuel is one of the new startups that currently operates in Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Alto and Menlo Park, USA. WeFuel’s gas will cost the average price per gallon in the user’s zip code, plus a $7.49 delivery fee. The company also offers an unlimited delivery subscription model at $19.99 per month. They are also working on a device users can install in their car to allow WeFuel to monitor tank levels from afar and deliver gas when needed–even when the user is not there.
- Filld: Filld, which raised more than $3.25 million in seed funding, has been operating in Silicon Valley since last year. Filld determines its price through an average of the gas stations around you – but then adds a $5 service fee. The app is simple. You order the gas like you would order an Uber, by placing a pin at the location, and one of Filld’s trucks comes and fills your tank.
- Booster: Booster has raised a $9 million so far. Currently, Booster services are available in the San Francisco Bay area and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They claim that gas prices can sometimes be lower than what is available at gas stations because Booster buys gasoline at wholesale prices. It doesn’t have the high real-estate costs associated with owning and operating a gas station, it makes money on the difference.
- Purple: Purple was one of the first few to launch services in April 2015 in Los Angeles and has expanded to cover other areas. In Los Angeles, Purple charges $3.79 per gallon for octane 87 and $3.99 per gallon for octane 91. For reference, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the Los Angeles area is $3.56. To allow Purple to fill your car, you pick from two options: either 10 gallons or 15 gallons. Due to regulations on measuring gas, for now, Purple’s couriers are only allowed to fill your tanks in round numbers.
- Yashi Inc: Yashi has raised $2.1 million in a new round of venture funding to expand its gas delivery service into new towns, and to add different auto-related services to its menu. Yoshi charges drivers $20 per month for a subscription, plus the cost of regular or premium gas. The company does not send its fuel-bearing trucks and personnel to fill up a single car in a driveway. There must be at least three Yoshi-member vehicles within the same lot to initiate its service.
How does on-demand gas delivery work?
They are app-based services and work like Uber for fuel. Though the basic service is to get gas filled without having to visit a gas station, each of the companies has their own revenue model.
The working concept of fuel on-demand/ gas on-demand services is simple enough that you don’t need to head towards the fuel filling stations when the tank is about to get empty. Using this, you will be able to request fuel online in a few easy steps:
- Register: Users simply need to download the app and provide their personal details to register.
- Share Location: Users can easily share the current vehicle location on a map.
- Request Fuel: Users can choose fuel type, quantity and confirm price.
- Get Gas Delivered: Get the fuel delivered right at the customer’s doorstep.
Once you are done with the above process, within a few minutes, a fuel delivery truck will be there at the user’s location. Skipping the gas filling station as a middleman, on-demand gas delivery services bring the fuel to you, adhering to all required norms and safety regulations.
With on-demand fuel delivery, consumers can prioritize their time more efficiently and minimize the time spent waiting in long queues at the gas station. The launch and popularity of various on-demand services promise to bring transformation in the typical process of driving to the fuel station.
As on-demand technology has fully taken over the transportation market, on-demand gas delivery is waiting to be explored. Be it a long weekend drive for a holiday or daily commuting to the workplace, everyone has to visit a gas station to get a refill. Avoiding long queues at gas stations, pollution, adulteration and poor handling by operators can make the experience of getting gas filled an unpleasant one. The emergence of on-demand fuel delivery apps and services can be a boon to those expecting convenience at fingertips.
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