SAN FRANCISCO - Bay Area innovators are always looking for ways to make your life easier and make money doing it. 7 On Your Side says the competition for your gas dollars is getting more crowded.
There's a new type of gas war going on. It's between new providers working to disrupt the way you fuel your car.
Like most of us, Kevin Chew's day is pretty hectic. He's just found a new way to save a little time. "It just makes it a little easier to try it out," he said.
While Chew is inside working, Booster Fuels is outside fueling up his car.
Brad Peralta is a Booster Fuels user too. All you do is put in your request for gas through a mobile app. "After the first few times, I was like wow, this is awesome. Why not do it again?" said Peralta.
For people like San Leandro resident Jenny Lam, it's more than convenience. For her, it's also an issue of safety. "It's late at night. Do I want to pull into this empty gas station by myself? I never have to think about that anymore," she said.
Booster Fuels is one of the new entries into the Uber for Gas concept. Right now, it's only in the Bay Area and the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
It services mainly corporate campuses and is largely concentrated in the South Bay and the Peninsula.
Another mobile gas company is We Fuel. Unlike Booster Fuels, We Fuel goes to your home. There is a delivery charge and a monthly subscription fee.
Right now, the service is only provided in Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Menlo Park.
Booster Fuels expects to serve shopping centers and malls within six months.
On this day, Booster Fuel is selling for $2.94 a gallon. "Prices are very comparable. Especially on the Peninsula here. I can probably get some gas in the East Bay maybe a little bit cheaper," Fremont resident Kevin Chew said.
None of the customers 7 On Your Side talked to thought the generic Booster Fuels gas hurt their car's performance. But all three criticized Booster about not being more precise with appointments.
"It'd be nice to get an ETA of when the truck will arrive because sometimes you don't know unless you pay for rush delivery," Lam said. That service will cost you an extra fee of $1.99.
"I would say 80 percent of our customers are taken care of by our all day window if they get in at 8, they leave at 5," Booster Fuel co-founder Tyler Raugh said.
Booster Fuel's app is available in the app store and Google Play.