Is this the end of the petrol station?
A 24-hour Deliveroo-style app that fills your car up with fuel while you sleep is coming to a street near you. Drivers can order fuel via the Zebra Fuel app any time of day or night and have someone top up their tank within minutes.
Backed by the founders of Zoopla, Lastminute.com and Amazon Video’s predecessor LoveFilm, the brains behind the new idea aim to replace every petrol station in the country.
Similar to Deliveroo and UberEats, there is a delivery charge, which ranges from £2.99 off peak to £3.99 during busy periods.
The app only works in London and currently can only cater to diesel drivers – although engineers claim a petrol service will be ready soon. Co-founder and CEO Reda Bennis said: ‘We’re like a Formula 1 pit stop for your car, van, truck or coach.
‘We can also do fuel deliveries through the night, so customers can wake up to a full car outside their house or a depot of fully-fuelled vehicles and not have to waste their own precious time.
‘Ultimately, our goal is to replace the petrol station and in doing so make filling up your car faster, cheaper, less harmful to the environment, and hassle-free.’
Since the fuel start-up began many customers have praised the service online, as ‘handy and efficient’.
One said: ‘This is great, filled up my car while I was at work. Bye Bye petrol station.’
Zebra Fuel sources diesel from the same suppliers as traditional petrol stations but says it can keep prices down by cutting the cost of ‘sky-high rent’ retailers have to pay for premises in the capital.
The on-demand provider also suggested that vehicle owners will cut their fuel bills by not having to drive to petrol station forecourts and queue with the engine running – though many will argue that they only fill their vehicles at retailers on their existing routes and rarely have to wait to access a pump.
‘Additional products will be offered through the app making Zebra the Amazon for your car,’ Mr Bennis added.