Short on time or don’t want to wait in line for gas? Purple is a new startup that will come to you and fill up your tank — for the same average price of fuel in your area!
How it works
Based in Los Angeles, Purple is geared toward the busy individual who just doesn’t want to spend time driving to get gas. Like so many of the convenience, on-demand services these days, Purple is offered through a mobile app whereby you can enter your address, type in what kind of car you drive and request service.
Arriving in a purple t-shirt, ‘couriers’ deliver gas to your home in one to three hours — all at the click of a button! All you have to do is make sure your tank is available for the courier to access. For one-hour delivery, there is a $1 surcharge.
According to the L.A. Times, Purple is backed by millions of dollars in seed financing (including some from Uber co-founder Oscar Salazar), and the company hopes to disrupt the gasoline market — much like Uber and Lyft disrupted the taxi industry.
‘Most of us don’t like to go to the gas station,’ co-founder Bruno Uzzan said. ‘Our customers are saying they are losing time. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to fuel a car, and they wish they could spend the time on something else.’ Even if you don’t think you need the convenience of having someone drive to your house to fill your tank, it could definitely be useful if you ever run out of gas while on the road.
With all these conveniences becoming available at our fingertips, we should have more time to spend on things we want to do, instead of things we have to do.