Gas delivery service lets you fill up anywhere, anytime
Ross McLaughlin and Sandra Hermiston , CTV Vancouver
Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017 4:00AM PDT
As gas stations are torn down to make way for more condos in major cities like downtown Vancouver, filling up your car is going to become more difficult. But instead of driving around looking for a gas station why not have the gas come to you?
A new mobile gas service app, called Filld, is partnering with car2go to bring its innovative fueling service to the entire 1,100 vehicle fleet of the Vancouver car share company.
“No more going to the gas station. No more wasting driver's times and our cars will be more available for our members," explained Chris Luvancigh, general manager of car2go.
The gas is delivered to the vehicles by a custom truck that has been approved to meet safety standards and is equipped for accidental spills. There are two tanks onboard, one for premium gas and the other for regular. One tank can fill up about 40 vehicles.
Filld CEO Michael Buhr says the company will launch its operations with the car2go team first, then expand to all consumers once it’s learned Vancouver’s traffic patterns and logistics.
He estimates the full program will be rolled out by the end of the year.
“It doesn’t take us long to get our business up and running and established,” said Buhr.
Buhr says recent statistics show that 40 to 45 per cent of gas stations in large metropolitan U.S. cities have shut down in the last decade.
Vancouver appears to be following that trend.
The last gas station in the downtown core has been put up for sale: the Esso at the corner of Burrard and Davie streets was just listed by Colliers International. Earlier this year, the Chevron on West Georgia Street sold for a staggering $72 million.
Filld will charge customers the cheapest rate of the three gas stations near you and will add on a delivery fee that ranges between $0 and $8.
A cheaper delivery fee of $3 would apply during off peak hours like overnight, and if you have more than one car, the second vehicle would be free. The $8 delivery charge would apply for smaller delivery windows during the daytime.
"If you are at work, when you get out of work, your car is filled. If you get up in the morning and you did it overnight your car is filled," explained Buhr.
The company is already operating in San Francisco and has received good reviews from its customers.
“They describe this as the magical gas fairy coming over night and delivering fuel to their car,” he joked.