There's no question that innovation has done well this year. And, South Africans have been right there proving the age-old saying that necessity is the mother of invention. Co-founder of the genius new petrol delivery app Refuel, Ricky Luntz saw a unique gap in the market and took a risk. He and his partner Craig Dogon finalised their innovative fuel delivery app earlier this year and, after a tough lockdown, are now starting to see results. Think of it as the motorcar response to Mr Delivery or Uber Eats, delivering quality fuel right to your vehicle. Here's what you need to know about the new petrol delivery app, Refuel...
What is Refuel?
The founders of this exciting new mobile application saw a solution to two challenges facing consumers in South Africa - our general lack of time, and our compromised safety and security as petrol stations are growing 'crime hotspots', according to Luntz. Now, whether you're at home or in the office, you can order a full tank of petrol or diesel and have it delivered to a place that suits you. As their slogan says, 'We bring the petrol station to you.'
If stopping to fill up is one of your least favourite chores - and is often left until you're past the Empty sign - Refuel may be able to make your life a little easier. The app is currently operating in Joburg and Pretoria and there are plans to expand to Cape Town and Durban soon.
How does it work?
The Refuel app is available for free on Android and iOS devices. You simply download the app, register your account and place your order. The app account is linked to your credit card and you have the option to choose the amount of fuel delivered in volume of litres or as a set Rand value. Once the order has been placed, the fuel you requested will be delivered to a location you determine. Just like with any other delivery service like Mr Delivery and Uber Eats.
If you leave the petrol cap open and unlocked, the Refuel driver will be able to locate your specific vehicle - using the latest tracking technology - and fill your tank without you having to get up from your desk. A customer receives regular notifications about when the delivery truck is en route and when the fuel has been delivered. This is what a typical Refuel truck looks like...
According to the Refuel website, the fuel they deliver is of the highest quality and comes direct from reputable brand-name petrol stations. Luntz told Business Insider that the company is partnering with several fuel stations to refill the delivery truck as often as necessary and with the same quality fuel as consumers will find at major filling stations. As such, Refuel is a complimentary service to fuel stations rather than a competitor. The cost of fuel is the same as at petrol stations and you pay a standard R20 per delivery. With this application, you may never have to queue at a petrol station again.
Is it safe?
Yes. The delivery trucks have been specially designed and custom-built to carry large amounts of petrol and diesel. The vehicles undergo various testing procedures to ensure they're safe and secure enough to transport and dispense dangerous goods. The drivers themselves are also given rigorous training so that they meet and exceed the standards set out for delivering, storing and handling fuel. And, finally, all tanks are certified by SANS and the City of Johannesburg’s fire department.
What's next? Luntz and his partner plan to offer additional services in the new year, like tyre pressure and oil checks. They're also hoping to roll out a new Refuel for business app, which they hope to have ready in the first quarter of 2021. It's an exciting time for the team at Refuel and we love the idea of using innovative technology to solve simple everyday challenges.