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Start-ups deliver gasoline to busy US consumers

By Hailey Waller and Claire Ballentine  /  Bloomberg

“The way our trucks are designed is to be flexible in terms of what type of fuel is delivered,” Buhr said. “It could be electric or hydrogen.”

Booster focuses on partnering with large companies and refilling employees’ cars while they are at work, which Mycroft said allows them to access greater market density.

“This is a perk that people fall in love with,” he said.

Since June 2015, Booster has delivered more than 19 million liters of gasoline to more than 300 campuses in the San Francisco Bay area and Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to data supplied by the company.

Users identify the location of their car using the company’s online app, then receive a message and e-mail receipt when their car is filled up.

Filld, on the other hand, is more geared to individual consumers, Buhr said.

It is also app-based, with consumers asked to submit a license plate number, a location and a delivery window. Users then pay online and have the option save their information there for future use.

As with Uber Technologies Inc, though, innovation is coming faster than regulation can handle.

City fire codes that see driving around in a pickup truck with hundreds of liters of gasoline as a hazard pose a challenge.

“Thus far, we haven’t experienced much pushback, mostly edification,” Buhr said.

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