Mobile payments are coming to the petrol pump from April as part of a partnership between PayPal and Shell to enable drivers to pay directly on their smartphone when filling up at Shell’s nearly 1,000 UK petrol stations.
Using either the Shell motorist app or the PayPal app drivers can select the station and pump they’re parked at, fill up, and then drive off having their card automatically charged for the amount.
“At PayPal, we’ve always believed people will use their mobile phones to pay if there’s a clear benefit,” said PayPal UK mobile commerce director Rob Harper.
“With today’s announcement, we’re offering drivers a faster way to fill up their car and pay, and get back on the road.”
Shell will begin rolling out a pilot of the service for invited Shell Drivers’ Club members from April, with plans to expand mobile payments nationwide later this year.
Shell UK retail marketing manager Michael Hominick said the deal would offer “security, choice and convenience” for motorists.