Shell’s UK petrol stations are now powered by PayPal

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: