Apps Let Americans Have Petrol Delivered To Their Car By Another Car

Read This Before You Consider Having Gas Delivered to Your Car By an App

Here's a great idea: why not use extra fossil fuels to deliver fossil fuels to your fossil fuel-guzzling vehicle? Yes, there are apps in the US — several of them now, in fact — where you can summon a car to fill your car with petrol. Not just in an emergency situation when you run out of petrol, NRMA-style. But for those times when you are too busy using the petrol you put in your car to actually stop that car and fill it with more petrol. It's like Uber for lazy pieces of shit.

The promotional video for one such service, Filld, is like a Saturday Night Live commercial. Right down to the friendly teen in the baseball cap and the Henley who pops on over to fill up the tank for ya.

I'm not going to go into the myriad issues I see with leaving your petrol cap unlocked while you give a random person your credit card info and licence plate number and entrust they will fill your car with petrol at a fair price (plus $5 delivery fee!) while you're not around. It's more about the part where we're paying trucks to chase us around our neighbourhoods attempting to stick spigots of future emissions into our car holes.

In an interview with National Geographic, Filld's founder Christopher Aubuchon attempts to make an environmental argument for their service, claiming that they might be preventing drivers from making extra trips to petrol stations. But even if it might be somewhat detrimental to all the hard work that people are doing to fix decades of irreversible damage to the planet, rest assured, they are putting their best thinkers on the case:

If more people start getting gas from roaming trucks at a time when cutting greenhouse gases is key to fighting climate change, is that progress? Filld is commissioning research to answer the question, Aubuchon says: "It's a very difficult problem to frame."

But it isn't really, though, is it?

[Nat Geo]


Comments

    It’s like Uber for lazy pieces of shit.

    Why would you describe people like this? Some people have busy lives, I know I do.

    I think this is a great idea for people who might be short on time. I drive a small ICE vehicle because it's what I can afford (hopefully within 2 years I'll own my first EV), and if I didn't have time to fill up for whatever reason and needed to do so quickly, I'd consider this for the convenience. I don't think it's fair to name call. It's obnoxious.

    You can't stop people filling entrepreneurial niches, and you certainly can't expect the world to change overnight.

      The article is harsher than what is probably warranted though the message is simply that in an ever increasingly green conscious society creating a new market that produces and useless amount of carbon is just silly really.

      Myself personally always thinks the time excuse is no excuse at all. People often sit at home in the evenings vegging out watching TV or using the internet when if petrol was so vital and required a quick 5-10min drive to a station could resolve their issue. People have time, people have loads of time. What people don't have is motivation.

    "lazy pieces of shit" is writing articles, not doing elementary math.

    It's not that bad an idea, just like everything else you need to look at it a little deeper.

    For starters this isn't anything new, BP offer an onsite fueling service in the major capitols to fuel machinery, trucks and yes fleet vehicles. It saves the huge costs associated with setting up a fueling point to the standards that are required by environmental agencies and by workcover.
    Which leads into point 2, the environmental impact of petrol stations with underground tanks is huge and it's big big money to remidiate the site once they've finished with it. This sort of idea centralises operations to less sites.
    Besides the idea of someone coming around to my place at night to fill my tank sounds great, saves dealing with dickheads at servos who are inpatient, can't accept the idea of everybody all pointing in the same direction and when drivers of petrol cars insist on using the one single diesel pump at the site.

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