In the United Kingdom, consumers who use PayPal are now able to pay for fuel at the pump itself using the payments service on mobile devices, The Telegraph reported on Friday (July 24).
According to The Telegraph, the PayPal offering, known as Fill Up and Go, was debuted across the country in tandem with Shell.
The Fill Up and Go service is used in conjunction with the Shell Motorist app, The Telegraph reported. The app itself is available across Android and iOS. The app is then linked to the PayPal account, and the user needs to choose a five-digit personal identification number .
The app itself will activate the pump after the driver scans a code on the pump (using the app, of course) and also authorizes the maximum amount to be paid. Then, fueling can commence. The app will automatically stop the pump from dispensing any more fuel once it reaches the “maximum” amount paid. Transactions and receipt histories are sent and stored within the app. Loyalty program points are also awarded and will remain visible within the app, according to The Telegraph.
The app has been in testing mode by Shell and PayPal over the past two years with an initial rollout that began in April for Shell Drivers Club members. The rollout nationwide begins now.
The PayPal partnership comes after the payments company said it would look to branch out into pre-ordered food and services. The PayPal app is already accepted in more than 8,000 U.K. shops and restaurants, and The Telegraph reported the service is used by 19 million active British accounts. In reference to the pre-order service in the U.K., takeaways were offered at food chains including wagamama, the burger chain GBK and also the Italian restaurant Prezzo.