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Shell’s UK petrol stations are now powered by PayPal


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Shell has given its UK petrol stations a tech makeover with its new PayPal-powered ‘Fill Up & Go’ service.

What that means is that motorists can now pay for petrol at the pump using their PayPal accounts.

“We know people lead very busy lives,” explains Shell. “Sometimes you don’t need coffee, milk or groceries from our shop. Sometimes you just want to fill up and go.”

It continues: “That’s why we’ve introduced a speedy mobile fuel payment service that gets you back to where you need to be.”

It’s a pretty simple process. First off, you’ll need to download the aptly named ‘Shell Motorist’ app on iOS or Android.

Once that’s connected to your PayPal account, you’ll be able to scan a giant QR code display on a yellow banner at the petrol pump.

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The app then activates the pump and will allow you to fill up. Do note that transactions are limited to between £20 and £150.

It’s worth mentioning that you select the amount you want to spend before you begin filling up.

That’s handy, because it means the pump automatically stops dispensing once you reach the spend limit you’ve set. That means no more going over £20 by a penny accidentally.

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Shell also sends you a receipt of purchase to your e-mail so you’ve got the transaction on record.

If you’re in the market for a new handset to use with Fill Up & Go, check out our smartphone group test video below:

Sandy Smith

July 24, 2015, 8:57 am

QR codes, uurgh, needs to be NFC.


July 24, 2015, 9:45 am

Yet another proprietary app for use with a single store. Boring!

Why couldn't they integrate with an existing banking app or the Paypal app?

Also, who fills their car up with a predetermined amount of petrol?


July 24, 2015, 10:56 am

Clearly PayPal have better transaction rates.

It is a good idea even if its flaws are bad the concept is good and its about driving the use of technology forward.

It easy to slate and moan but those doing the moaning should go and invent something that does what they want or keep quiet.

Good for Shell and PayPal and lets see where it goes from here.


July 24, 2015, 9:32 pm

People who keep a tighter rein on their finances than us. Personally I always fill it up, so I won't use this app, but plenty don't.


July 25, 2015, 7:48 am

Not boring I'd rather have this than wait among the hoards doing their shopping.
As the piece says some of us only want petrol and I have yet to see a fuel only till in a fuel station.


July 25, 2015, 7:50 am

Not every phone is NFC capable so this suites everybody that has a smartphone.

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